Harrington mayor succeeds in setting term limits

Mayor can now serve eight consecutive years, council members can serve nine

HARRINGTON – When Anthony Moyer became the mayor of Harrington in 2013, he had several “bucket list items” he wanted to see through.

Imposing term limits on the mayor and city council members was just one of the items on that list. It finally became a reality as the Delaware Senate passed the charter change May 3. It previously passed in the House March 23.

Once Governor John Carney signs the measure into law, the mayor in Harrington will be able to serve up to eight consecutive years while city council members will be able to serve up to nine consecutive years.

Although the new rules begin with the next election cycle, Mayor Moyer says he plans to uphold the rules as if they were in place when he took the mayoral office.

“This is something I’ve wanted since I ran for mayor. Every office needs new blood. It’s amazing when people say, ‘yea, go for it,’ but only for the higher levels of leadership and not them,” Mayor Moyer said previously.

The Harrington City Council passed the request for the charter change Feb. 22, 2016 with a tie-breaking vote by Mayor Moyer himself.

The council also asked the opinion of residents in an unofficial poll in 2015 during a referendum, resulting in a 59-8 vote for term limits.

With his campaign promises complete, Mayor Moyer plans to continue growing what he and the council has done in recent years.

“I’m kind of proud. We have an outstanding council. Everything I’ve promised, we’ve gotten. And by we, I mean this council,” he said.

“I want to complete the infrastructure work we’ve been doing. I also want to see what more we can do for more contractors and businesses to come in. I want to make sure we do what’s right for the people, but also take the stumbling blocks away from growth and jobs.”

Mayor Moyer said he was proud of the change he and the council made to re-instate term limits. The city of Harrington previously had term limits, however, they were voted away before Mayor Moyer took office.

“I think it’s just weird how it’s all blown up,” he said of receiving national attention for the change. “Maybe some other people will take a look.”

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