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How long does a mayor stay in office?

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The length of time a mayor can stay in office depends on local election laws, but generally, it is no more than two four-year terms. Term limits are designed to ensure greater participation at the local council level.

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How long does a mayor stay in office?
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Depending on the location, some mayors are not faced with term limits and can remain in the job until they lose an election. However, for municipalities with a limit on the number of years a mayor can serve, the mayor has to vacate office once a predetermined number of terms have expired. For example, the Dallas City Council allows the mayor to stay for a total of eight years if they can be re-elected for a second term.

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