by Pam Zubeck
Although the issue of term limits for county elected officials has quieted down, one group is still pounding the pavement to get petition signatures.
Not that the petitions will mean anything. There's no provision in the law for citizens to formally petition county government for anything, much less to place a measure on the ballot.
The issue here is a measure on last November's ballot that gave elected officials, such as commissioners, the district attorney, treasurer, assessor and clerk and recorder, a third term beyond the statewide restriction for elected officials to serve only two terms. Voters had previously voted to give the sheriff a third term.
As the Indy reported last fall, commissioners had the measure written to give it the best chance of being "successful," and voters fell into the trap, approving all the term limits measures.
After the election, many voters were upset and felt they'd been tricked. A movement was hatched to undo the measure, and newly elected Commissioner Darryl Glenn, for one, said he would gladly vote to put a term limits measure, with straightforward wording, on the November 2011 ballot. Since then, things have cooled off.
But some voters aren't forgetting. This e-mail recently circulated:
We have heard nothing conclusive, and nothing in concert from the members of the El Paso Board of County Commissioners as to their intent to place the matter of extending term limits for commissioners on the Nov 2011 ballot — a matter which seemed to be of great concern to so many of us in the past election.
In order that we be prepared for some oversight by the commissioners, we are again preparing a signature petition requesting this matter be placed before the voters, with very clear and precise language. In addition, we plan on assembling two-person teams of volunteers to gather petition signatures over the summer.
We would like to have more than 3,000 signatures to present, in person, to the Board by mid-August. I certainly hope that your feelings on this matter will allow you so sign the new petition and forward to those you know with an interest in this matter. For more information, if you have suggestions, please feel free to call Rick Wehner in Colorado Springs at 719-217-2924.
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