The Tribal Council

Due to a city charter amendment passed in 1994, City Council members are limited to two consecutive three-year terms in a given seat.*

This provision will kick into effect big-time over the next year and a half, as three council members will be kicked off the island in June 2002, with the mayor to follow in 2003. We can hear the sound of the knives being sharpened already.

Here's the lineup:

Kirk Watson (Mayor): First elected in 1997 and re-elected to a second term in June of this year, he'll be termed-out in June 2003.

Jackie Goodman (Place 3): First elected in 1993, before term limits, and re-elected in 1996 and 1999, she'll be termed out in June 2002.

Beverly Griffith (Place 4): First elected in 1996 and re-elected in 1999, she's termed out in 2002.

Daryl Slusher (Place 1): First elected in 1996 and re-elected in 1999, he's out in 2002 as well.

Will Wynn (Place 5): Elected to his first term in June 2000, he will be eligible to run for his seat one more time in 2003.

Raul Alvarez (Place 2): Also elected in June and eligible to run again in 2003.

Danny Thomas (Place 6): Also elected in June and eligible to run again in 2003.

* "Termed-out" incumbents can run for the same seat they held only if they present a petition with signatures of at least 5% of the city's qualified voters. They can, however, file to run for another council seat.
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