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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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:
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.
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