The symbolism is hardly subtle: On the same day that Mayor Thomas Menino hits a milestone â€“ 5,846 days in office â€“ surpassing the amount of days former Mayor Kevin White served, City Councillor At-Large and mayoral candidate Sam Yoon is pushing a term limits proposal.
Yoon said as mayor he would propose limiting the time in office for mayors to the same as that for presidents â€“ two terms, or eight years.
â€œIt would be one of the quickest and easiest accomplishments we could make,â€ he told the Reporter.
Menino at one point said he would serve no more than two terms.
Menino, in a sit-down with neighborhood reporters last week, said term limits are unnecessary, since elections every four years themselves are term limits, in a way.
â€œThatâ€™s everybodyâ€™s argument,â€ Yoon said. â€œIf democracy was perfect, then yes, every four years could be a term limit.â€
Menino has a â€œhuge, unfairâ€ advantage as an incumbent, through his million dollar war chest, Yoon added. Term limits have â€œbecome necessary,â€ he said.
In a release, the Yoon camp noted that Philadelphia and New Orleans have term limits in place.
New York recently extended term limits to three four-year terms, allowing Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run for another term.