In Colorado, elected state and local officials can only serve a few years because of term limits. And although it's not expressly stated in the constitution, district attorneys fall into that category as well. In this Campaign 2002 voter guide, a look at Referendum A, which would allow district attorneys to stay on the job longer.
Jeanne Smith has been El Paso and Teller County's district attorney since 1996. And in Pueblo County, Gus Sandstrom is in the middle of his sixth consecutive term. Both would be allowed to keep running for re-election if voters okay Referendum A.
Supporters of the measure say eliminating term limits will allow experienced district attorneys to stay on the job. And they say term limits are unnecessary because ineffective district attorneys will be voted out by the public.
Opponents of referendum a say term limits provide a check and balance and would keep district attorneys from making politically motivated decisions. Plus, they say term limits would give voters more choices and encourage attorneys to bring their new ideas to law enforcement.
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