Why Minneapolis City Council members will have to run for two-year terms in 2021

Commentary by a VoxMN Contributor.

This is an excerpt from MinnPost (Peter Callaghan, November 12, 2019):

When the law passed a decade ago, its implications were so far off in the future that it was barely noticed.

But now the effects of the so-called Kahn Rule are just two years away — and the 13 incumbent members of the Minneapolis City Council are facing a 2021 election in which they will be forced to run for two-year terms instead of four.

And without further changes to state law, council elections would then be decoupled from mayor elections, even after the council returns to four-year terms.

Depending on your perspective, this could be a great thing. Right now there are a lot of political favors happening among candidates for Mayor, Council Members, Park Board and BET when they all come up for election at the same time. They manipulate each other for personal gain and we end up with a singular "group think" that does not represent everyone. After witnessing the blatant ignorance of public input in the past two years, I'd appreciate a few more new people with fresh perspectives in City Council debates instead of Council Members beholden to certain groups and acting to protect personal interests.

Maybe Thomas Jefferson said it best: "Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."

I'd love to see more frequent elections and shorter terms, because we seem to be marching towards tyranny with this Council. Why is Lisa Bender trying to circumvent the Kahn Rule? What is she afraid of? Enough said.

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