Debate Videos on Rockville City Charter ballot questions

By Helen Triolo, last updated 11/4/13 10:59am

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Should Rockville City Council terms be increased to 4 years? Should they be held at the same time as presidential elections? Are 4 council members enough, or should there be 6? In 2012, the City of Rockville appointed a commission, headed by former Rockville Mayor Steve Van Grack, to review the City's charter, which specifies election laws and procedures such as these, and recommend any needed changes to that charter. After months of review, the commission recommended three changes to the Charter, which will be on the November ballot. Results of the vote will be used as an "advisory" gauge of public opinion, to be used by the mayor and council in making a final decision of passage or rejection of each recommendation.

In March 2013, Rockville Community Coalition held a debate on the pros and cons of each recommendation made by the Charter Review Commission, to educate the public on the considerations that went into making each recommendation. Here are videos of the debate on each of the 3 issues:


Should Rockville City Council terms be increased to 4 years? (13 min)


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Rose Krasnow, Charles Littlefield, moderator Cheryl Kagan







Should City elections coincide with Presidential elections? (15 min)


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Susan Hoffmann, Gene Thirolf







Should mayor & council size be increased to 7? (15 min)


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John Britton, Jim Marrinan





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