JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Clerk of Court Jim Fuller is offering the city of Jacksonville a deal after being sued this week with the demand he take his name off the ballot.
Fuller's offer is for both sides to agree to the ruling of a circuit judge and agree not to appeal to a higher court.
The General Counsel's office is taking legal action at the request of the city council to enforce term limits of two four-year terms. The Florida Supreme Court recently upheld term limits in Broward County.
"If they (the city) win, I bow out gracefully," said Fuller, who is convinced the Broward case does not apply to him or constitutional officers.
Fuller says his proposal offers the quickest resolution to the matter at the least expense. He says appeals by either side would cost taxpayers money. If Fuller would lose on appeal, the expense of a special election would run between $1 million and $2 million.
Attorney Michael Wedner, who is handling the case for the city, said as of late Friday afternoon, he has not seen any correspondence outlining the offer.
Wedner pointed out the city would not agree to such a deal since the city council in its action anticipated court appeals.
Both sides are scheduled to have a pretrial hearing on Monday.
First Coast News