Utah Term Limits NOW! — the campaign which calls upon the Utah Legislature to refer to the November 2016 ballot a state constitutional amendment to limit the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Auditor, State Treasurer, and Attorney General, to no more than two consecutive terms, has added two prominent public servants to its ranks, including Utah’s State Auditor who has signed on to limit himself in his current position.
Former State House member and current State Auditor, John Dougall, has joined the effort for term limits citing his own election in 2012. “When I ran for State Auditor I challenged a 17-year incumbent. I identified the importance of periodic rotation, particularly in the position of State Auditor. Regular change is important to bring fresh insights, disrupt entrenched bureaucracies and provide enhanced public scrutiny.”
Rick Larsen is thrilled to have the support of Auditor Dougall. In a statement he said, “It is a notable occurrence for a sitting official to seek to limit his or her own office. Having support from prominent leaders like John Dougall and Peter Corroon, both advocating for a cause that 80% of the public supports, is a significant validation of the effort and proves that there are elected officials responsive to the public.”
Former Salt Lake County Mayor, 2010 Democratic candidate for Governor and current Democratic Party Chair Peter Corroon lived up to his promise to serve only two terms as Salt Lake County Mayor and included term limits as part of his Gubernatorial campaign platform – a rare moment when both he and Governor Herbert agreed on an issue.
Corroon believes the same people bring the same stale ideas, “Term limits on executive offices allow stale ideas to be replaced with new ideas and energy in the executive branch. Turnover is good for government and prevents entrenched politicians from taking over governments. Our founding fathers meant for public office to be a short-term service, not life-long ambition.”
According to Larsen, Utah Term Limits NOW! has substantial momentum. “The focus of this effort is the executive-level office holder: those with large staff and the ability to make appointments. This is where power can amass, become entrenched and be abused. It is unique to executive office holders who can exert influence to an extent legislators cannot. Support from two respected public servants from both sides of the isle make it clear, this is not a one-sided issue – it is a matter of principle and precedent that naturally appeals to the public.”