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Warren — The city of Warren is asking voters whether they want to extend the mayoral term limits to allow someone to hold the office for up to 20 years.

The proposal, which will appear on the Aug. 2 primary ballot, looks to give the mayor a five-term limit instead of the current three-term limit. Mayoral terms last four years.

If voters pass it, current Mayor Jim Fouts, who is now serving his third term, would be eligible for two additional terms, or eight years.

Fouts’ term is up in 2019.

This is the first time in nearly two decades that Warren has given residents a chance to decide how long the mayor can serve, Councilman Robert Boccomino said.

Prior to voters choosing a limit of three terms, Warren mayors could serve an unlimited number of terms.

Boccomino said council members weren’t in favor or against extending the term limits, but wanted to let voters decide.

“I feel this generation of voters deserves a chance to have a voice,” Boccomino said.

Fouts said he believes term limits are a “failure in the state of Michigan” because voters should be able to decide how long they want someone in office.

“The bottom line is with this proposal it would be left up to the voters and not to an antiquated law,” he said.

Fouts, first elected in 2007, said he doesn’t know if he would run for mayor again should Warren approve the new term limit.

“I think experience does make for better leadership,” he said. “I think I’m a better mayor each additional year because I learn from what works good and what doesn’t work good.”

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