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What is the rate of turnover for elected officials in your riding?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (24661points) May 24th, 2023

Does having low turnover in politics turn you off from going into politics?

For example in Alberta, rural ridings mostly go conservative, while bigger urban ridings in Edmonton, and Calgary tend to go NDP (New Democrat Party) or liberal.

Is disheartening that there is limited opportunity for new members of government. As the old guard is hard to break into.

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KNOWITALL's avatar

Fairly low turnover but local terms are four years or two years. It didn’t intimidate me at all to run, but I’m highly competitive.

elbanditoroso's avatar

First, in the US we have precincts or districts, not ridings.

Second, it depends on the office:

- county commissioners – seem volatile; they may flip from R to D and then back every 4 years or so.

- congressmen and women – stable. Because of gerrymandering, one you’re elected, you’re there for life.

- Senators – same as congressmen – except worse.

- governor of the state – has term limits (two terms) there is an opportunity to change every 4 or 8 years. Almost got rid of Kemp in 2020.

The good news is that Georgia is slowly moving from red Republicans to blue Democrats. Not fast enough, but it’s happening. So we may have changes in our future.

zenvelo's avatar

California instituted term limits for legislators about 25 years ago, so most turnover every eight years.

Acrylic's avatar

We had the same mayor since the mid-90s. Any time someone tries to run against him, he closely examines their application of whatever it’s called to run for mayor, will find one little thing wrong, and get them disqualified. He’s a lawyer, as is his wife. He’s up for reelection this year, running unopposed. The council almost always does his bidding no matter what, because if you cross him he retaliates. Still, he is our elected mayor. Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Romans.

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