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.

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.