Two-Term Governorship Proposed

By: Bo Kane
By: Bo Kane

A constitutional amendment to allow Virginia governors the opportunity to serve two successive terms has been studied, and sent to the General Assembly for consideration.

The measure would not apply to Gov. Mark R. Warner or even to his successor. If passed, the first governor who would be eligible for two straight terms would be the winner of the 2009 governor's race.

Virginia is the only state that does not permit its governor to seek re–election to a second term.

Both Warner and his predecessor have said that a single term is too little time for a governor to fully implement programs promised as a candidate. They also contend the single–term limit deprives the state of continuity of leadership that can be crucial in competing with other states for major economic development ventures.

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