Salzman Proposes Term Limits For County Commissioners

August 25, 2023

Rep. Michelle Salzman is proposing a constitutional amendment to limit county commissioners across Florida to eight years in office.

The term limit would prohibit commissioners who have held office for the preceding eight years from seeing reelection. The term limits would apply to terms of office beginning on or after November 5, 2024.

If approved during the next legislative session, the amendment would require approval by 60% of Florida voters.

“I’m looking forward to seeing this on the 2024 ballot,” Salzman said. “The people of Florida have been asking for this opportunity to choose for a while. I fully support term limits at all levels of government.”

The proposal was Salzman’s first filing for the 2024 session.

In Florida, the governor, cabinet members and state lawmakers already have an eight-year term limit. The legislature has also approved an eight-year term limit for school board members.


26 Responses to “Salzman Proposes Term Limits For County Commissioners”

  1. Neal Adams Johnson on August 29th, 2023 9:14 am

    Escambia County, Florida faces an epidemic of lopsided elections dominated by incumbents. Term Limits break up that monopoly by ending incumbent advantages and allows for new people to run for office giving the voters more choices instead of the same incumbent election after election.

    Support Michelle by telling your friends and families that term limits should have been in place years ago. Too many (not all) of these people stay in those chairs too long, simply drawing a check, and lose touch with the public. Thanks to Michelle, the School board and ECUA have term limits, county commissioners are next target down range!

  2. David Huie Green on August 27th, 2023 3:37 pm

    I agree with P’cola and Denny.

  3. Sedition on August 26th, 2023 4:13 pm

    Every political position in existence needs term limits and to have lifelong benefits at the expense of the taxpayer removed as well.
    Get out of office, go back to work like the rest of us have to do.

  4. P'cola on August 26th, 2023 1:07 pm

    I’m not a fan of term limits. I understand the goal but I think term limits will favor the unelected government bureaucracy as it takes time for an elected official to get his feet underneath him to confidently govern and make changes to the system (if necessary). Term limited officials will find themselves in a much weaker position to engage and control unelected bureaucrats.

  5. Whisperjet on August 26th, 2023 7:49 am

    Amen…great idea…long overdue…

  6. Lou on August 25th, 2023 9:43 pm

    BRAVO .

  7. BIG JOHN on August 25th, 2023 7:55 pm


  8. Tammy on August 25th, 2023 5:41 pm

    That’s DEFINITELY how it needs to be, especially in Escabia County!

  9. Beach Boy on August 25th, 2023 3:56 pm

    Ms. Saltzman….that is an EXCELLENT idea. Would you also propose an amendment for term limits on the School Board Members?? That would be appreciated. Thank you.

  10. Henry Coe on August 25th, 2023 1:28 pm

    A problem with term limits, for any office, is that it gives big corporations or big money the ability to stack the deck with money and dark money too support candidates of their choosing so they have profit driven politicians in place to do their bidding.
    There are good people in politics that we don’t want to see termed out.
    There seems to be a running theme with Republican politicians these days of wanting to take the choices of people, our liberties, away from us so big money can control government leaving the people, residents, with no voice.

  11. Oversight on August 25th, 2023 12:39 pm

    RE: open to options

    Gov., State Senators, and Representatives all have term limits in Florida.

  12. Oversight on August 25th, 2023 12:36 pm

    Recall Florida’s proposal needs support too, Rep. Salzman. Currently, there is no way for the voters to hold elected office members accountable with a recall, and must wait until the end of term election.

  13. Denny on August 25th, 2023 12:27 pm

    There are already term limits. It’s called “the vote of the people.”

  14. Bonnie Exner on August 25th, 2023 12:11 pm

    KIDDOS TO REP SALTZMAN.. but the real problem is when the elected official becomes a puppet to those who donate excessive amounts of campaign contributions and texts them
    while they are on the dias to vote a certain way on an issue. That is not the way local government should be run. I am for 2 term limits for ALL ELECTED POSITIONS.

  15. OhYouKnow on August 25th, 2023 10:20 am

    reading is fundamental she said. “I fully support term limits at all levels of government.”

  16. retired on August 25th, 2023 9:35 am

    need term limits on all elected offices, congress,senate, ETC.

  17. M in Bratt on August 25th, 2023 9:16 am

    If she would cap and reduce the salary of commissioners at the same time it would be great too. Also the Florida Retirement System was never intended for career politicians, they should be excluded from that. I would hope that a few changes would help us return to a citizen commission rather than career politicians. We all need to thank Ms. Saltzman for trying to improve local government.

  18. Lawahnita on August 25th, 2023 8:30 am

    Wonderful idea, 1st terms gets you familiarized with the people and the workings of a district. The final four “if reelected” lets you actually get something done for the people you are “elected” to represent and help.

  19. JTV on August 25th, 2023 8:29 am

    Wishful thinking.

  20. A bit more on August 25th, 2023 8:22 am

    Term limits are not a cure for politicians being coerced by big donors to campaigns.

    If elected officials are going to more truly represent the best interests of communities and individual voting citizens, a constitutional amendment proposal should be introduced by the legislature to limit campaign contributions to $300 by ANY PAC, business, or individual.

    Replacing elected officials based on a time clock is useless without campaign finance caps.

  21. YES!!!! on August 25th, 2023 8:01 am

    Eight is a good start…. I like six better.
    She’s a rock star

  22. open to options on August 25th, 2023 7:49 am

    Mrs. Salzman, will you please submit term limits for your job as well?

  23. Jw on August 25th, 2023 7:36 am

    This is a terrific proposal! We need term limits for all elected officials.

  24. SW on August 25th, 2023 7:11 am

    Excellent, ma’am.

  25. A bit more on August 25th, 2023 7:02 am

    Some thoughts:

    1. If a commissioner lost an election after one 4 year term, could they run again for the same office four years later for another term?

    2. Would an elected official who served in office for 8 years (two terms) be allowed to run for office in the same district in another race? For example, should an ECUA or school board member who served 8 years in a given district be allowed to run for a different office in the same district? The late Sen. Greg Evers did this (house to senate), so has Commissioner Jeff Bergosh (school district to county commission).

    3. Would an eight year term limit remove commissioners from being eligible for vesting in the Florida Retirement System?

  26. Frank on August 25th, 2023 2:00 am

    Well, way to go Mrs Saltzman. This definitely needs to be.