Twenty-six years ago in 1996, a group of Pinellas County citizens called Eight is Enough collected the required 48,000 voter petitions to get a question on the November ballot for voter consideration that asked in part: Do you support 8 Year term limits for Pinellas County Commissioners?
The voters spoke and it passed by a whopping 73%! A Mandate!
However, the legal battle was launched immediately by the powerful Pinellas political establishment who filed multiple lawsuits, lost 2 times and yet continued to file new lawsuits.
This battle lasted for years, effectively destroying the citizens’ victory, but not their intent.
Ever since Pinellas County Commissioners have carried on as if it never happened while the citizens wait for justice.
Finally, the discussion came up at the Board of County Commissioners 3 times since October with citizens attending to support term limits back on the ballot with public comment. At the end, they refused to put it back on the ballot.
You can see the general attitude of those refusing by watching County Commissioner Janet Long video.
This has now motivated a new group of Pinellas citizens to submit a new petition to amend the Pinellas County Charter to limit the terms of County Commissioners from none to two (2) consecutive terms in office for the upcoming November 2022 ballot.
To make it on the 2022 November ballot we need 8% of registered Pinellas voters to sign the petition. That is the required 56,893 signed petitions. The deadline for submission is mid-July.