Heheheheheheee wipe oooout!
For 10 years straight we tried in Richfield
When we kept losing we needed a vacation
We wanted to party and get a win
So we thought of 2 referendums and started to walk
We went door to door and got the neighbors out
With signatures in hand, walking, we were ready for a "Wipeout".
John Jeffords will be eliminated from the opportunity to ever again run for Village President.
Dan Neu will be eliminated from the opportunity to ever run for Village Trustee or President.
Sandy Voss will be eliminated from the opportunity to ever run for Village Trustee or President.
Rock Brandner will continue in office until 2018 and then be eliminated to ever run as Village Trustee or President.
Bill Collins will continue in office until 2018 and then be eliminated to ever run as Village Trustee or President.
Residents of Richfield will never have the opportunity to vote for or against any of these officials and those officials cannot ever campaign for office again in Richfield. All future elected officials will only be able to be in office for 6 years. That results in a possibility for someone to campaign for Village President and never having been a trustee.
While this gives more people the opportunity to campaign for office, it also provides a greater chance for candidates who lost in the past elections to run again. This may or may not be good for Richfield.
Although one could argue in favor of term limits for partisan elected positions, local elected positions in towns, villages and cities are non partisan and do not have the trappings of partisan politics. In fact, by WI state law, towns cannot enact term limits.
This post will not address partisan positions where candidates are supported by PAC's, receive funding from lobbyist's, corporations and wealthy donors. Local candidates usually fund themselves and are not supported by PAC's.
Local elected officials in towns and villages usually are not career politicians, they are either retired residents or residents who continue to work full time and serve as an elected official part time. Their salary would not support them as a full time job.
Is this a tactical move to change Richfield's government? Only time will tell and the voters can decide if they want a "Wipeout".