Letters to the Editor
Keep Wilsonville's great leadership
Term limits for Wilsonville leaders is a bad idea because Wilsonville leadership is amazing.
Perfect? No. Better than most? Definitely.
On the surface, the idea of term limits sounds desirable because it seems to promise a wider representation of leadership in the city, but in practice, it cuts the legs out from under us.
These positions of leadership require irreplaceable experience and currently, we have damn good leaders. Would you mandate the number of games Damian Lillard can play? No. He's an all-star and Wilsonville voters should be wise and grateful enough to recognize our leadership is composed of all-stars.
As it currently stands, every four years we can boot a representative. If you can't win against an incumbent, it's because your game's weak, and we don't want that weakness in Wilsonville. This measure is clearly a political shot meant to give Tim Knapp and Charlotte Lehan the boot and screams, "I can't win against them, so I'm going to try and pass a law that says they gotta scram."
Pathetic. Wilsonville is what it is today because the current system allows for great leadership to stay in place. If Knapp wasn't a good mayor, he'd be booted out the next cycle. But Knapp is the Damian Lillard of small-city mayors, and we'd be stupid to enact a law that says we need to force great leadership to step down.
Since moving to Wilsonville in 2013, we have been nothing short of impressed with the professionalism, accountability, transparency, innovation and responsiveness of the mayor and council. I don't agree with everything that's gone on in City Hall (economic discrimination against the cannabis industry *cough, cough*), but I'm smart enough to know that, overall, these are good captains and we need to keep letting them do great work.
I signed the petition because I believe in the petition process and will sign pretty much any petition just so we can vote on it as a team, but I definitely do not support the measure as written. Wilsonville is excellent because of our leadership; let's keep them in place.
John T. Hall lV
Elections function as term limits
So, are we really thinking about term limits for one of the best-run and citizen-supported cities in Oregon?
In a National Research Center Community Survey of 500 similar size cities. Wilsonville is always in the top 10 (not 10% but top 10) for 2014, 2016, 2018).
I would rather have a very well-run city than support the goals of special interests and developers. We have term limits anyway. They're called elections. Fellow citizens have created a PAC of their own called Protect Wilsonville Elections. It's important to me that we keep Wilsonville and Charbonneau under first-class management — managed, protected and beautiful.
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