Vote no on Ballot Question 1A

Posted 9/24/11

Dave Weaver may be as good a sheriff as we'll ever have. That's why I'm voting "no" on Ballot Question 1A. If passed it will extend the Douglas …

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Vote no on Ballot Question 1A

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Dave Weaver may be as good a sheriff as we'll ever have. That's why I'm voting "no" on Ballot Question 1A. If passed it will extend the Douglas County Sheriff's term limit.

If there were a way to give Dave another term of office I would gladly do so. But 1A will apply to all future sheriffs. Good or  bad, hardworking or lazy, the likelihood that any sheriff will ever be voted out of office in this county is close to zero. No incumbent in any office in Douglas County has ever lost an election and probably none ever will.

Term limits are a good thing. They introduce new blood and stem political corruption. They don't hurt anyone, including good public servants who can always find other and often better ways to be useful. That's why they were overwhelmingly voted into our state constitution in 1990 and 1994.

Prior efforts to pass term-limit extensions, including the sheriff's, though allowed by the constitution, were soundly defeated by Douglas County voters in both 2003 and 2004. We have plenty of good people in this county to fill every office. Why not give them a chance?

There is no doubt that would-be career politicians and their supporters will keep trying. Having lost twice, they have identified the Office of Sheriff as the one most likely to succeed this time. The County Commissioners changed the language that will appear on the ballot — calling the extension a "right" — to make it more likely to pass:

http://www.douglas.co.us/meetingsandagendas/business/documents/BM_07_12_2011_Item_7_Ballot_Language.pdf

Nose under the tent, foot in the door?

The people supporting Question 1A may not mean any harm. It's a question of long-term versus short-term thinking. Nobody wants to admit to short-term thinking, but we do it all the time. This is an opportunity to think ahead and do the right thing.

A "no" vote on Ballot Question 1A is the responsible vote.

Dan Danser

Castle Rock

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