Many representatives or senators are repeatedly unopposed and incumbents statistically have a significant advantage in local and state elections. While it is arguable that this allows those elected to be more effective in furthering their agendas, this also creates political stagnation and does not promote progress in political thought or culture. Term limits would promote local political involvement in local/state politics, which is often ignored by average voters. While establishing any term limit is a good first step, 18 years is too long. Shorter terms and shorter term limits would put more emphasis on local elections and force elected representatives to constantly be thinking about the preferences of their constituents in order to maximize their time in office. Shorter terms and term limits would create a sense of accountability and create a sense of urgency in those elected. Greater turnover in elected offices would ensure a wider variety of voices are heard in government, ultimately resulting in a less skewed and more bi-partisan result in legislation, as the more people introduced into the decision making process, the closer the results should be to the national average of political opinion.