U.S. Term Limits Praises Fred Hawkins for Signing Pledge

U.S. Term Limits issued the following announcement on June 25.

U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the national, non-partisan movement to limit terms for elected officials, is gathering support from elected officials across Florida. Its mission is to advocate for term limits on all elected officials. Florida house candidate (district 42), Osceola County Commissioner Fred Hawkins has committed to defend term limits in Florida by signing the term limits pledge.

USTL President, Philip Blumel, commented on Hawkins’s pledge saying, “Fred’s support of term limits shows that there are individuals who are willing to listen to the majority of voters who want term limits. The people are best served by citizen legislators, not career politicians.”

The pledge is provided to candidates and elected officials statewide. It reads, “I pledge to take no action that would aid or abet the abolition or lengthening of term limits to which elected officials in Florida are subject.”

Term limits have achieved their aims in Florida. While career politicians in states like Illinois and Massachusetts run unopposed more than 50 percent of the time, every single Florida legislator has been opposed in the last two election cycles. Thanks to term limits, Florida also sees remarkably high rates of open seat races and incumbents who face primary challengers.

According to the last nationwide poll on term limits conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, conducted in January 2018, term limits enjoys wide bipartisan support. McLaughlin’s analysis states, “Support for term limits is broad and strong across all political, geographic and demographic groups.  An overwhelming 82% of voters approve of term limits.”

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