Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard says she may seek a third term in the mayor's seat next year.

That was an impossible goal until last week, when Whitehall voters approved Issue 37, extending the limit of consecutive terms for elected officials from two to three.

Maggard's second term ends Dec. 31, 2019.

A third term "is a challenge I want to take on for the citizens of Whitehall," Maggard said.

According to final, unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections, voters approved Issue 37 with a vote of 2,537 to 2,240, or 53 to 47 percent.

Tom Potter, a proponent of Issue 37 and a former Whitehall council member, doffed his cap to the city's voters.

"I am very thankful that the voters of Whitehall had the insight and vision to move this initiative forward and extend the progress," Potter said.

Voters twice have rejected lifting term limits outright, in 2013 and 2002.

Term limits were instituted in 1993 for the mayor, auditor, law director, council president and members of council, gaining voter approval after the death of John Bishop, who died in office after serving as mayor from 1972-93.

Two other charter amendments were approved Nov. 6.

Issue 36 removes the service director from the line of succession for the mayor's seat.

The issue passed with a vote of 2,857 to 1,819, or 61 to 39 percent, according to final, unofficial results from the board of elections.

Issue 38 replaces gender-specific pronouns in the city charter with gender-neutral ones.

The issue passed with a vote of 2,662 to 2,080, or 56 to 44 percent.

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