Council member Carl Woods is offering the voters a 'lifetime ban' to entice us into giving him an extra $200,000.
Woods' attempt at pandering is not only craven, it shows a complete misunderstanding of why citizens love term limits.
Currently the term limit in Palm Beach Gardens is six consecutive years, permitting a council member to sit out a term and run again in the future as a non-incumbent if they choose. The idea of term limits is not to ban participation but instead to encourage it. Term limits provide open seats and competitive elections, allowing more citizens to participate in the process. The term limits also sever the relationships that naturally rise between the decision-makers and special interests and permits new faces and ideas to be represented on the council.
This devil's bargain should not even be considered. The voters have spoken decisively. Woods and the others -- who ironically owe their jobs to term limits -- should thank the voters for giving them the opportunity to serve in these positions and enjoy the perks of the job as offered instead of grasping for more.