Francine Taylor: DA should stick to term limits |

Francine Taylor: DA should stick to term limits

Francine Taylor

I am not acquainted personally or professionally with the Mark Hurlbert, district attorney, but I am not persuaded that he should be allowed to escape the statutory term limits.

The fact that other states or counties have different limits on elected prosecutors is not a reason to void or ignore the current Colorado law. Different political subdivisions often have different statutes. Colorado voters adopted the term limits amendment, and regardless of whether you agree with it, that is the current law. According to the Colorado Supreme Court, it applies to the DA office.

But now Hurlbert states that term limits should not apply to him. He has cast it in altruistic terms: that due to office turn-over and efficiency he should be allowed to remain; in essence, that he is too valuable to be replaced, we can’t afford to lose him.

This ignores the fact that term limits are generally put in place because voters want to increase turn over and decrease incumbents’ power. The price of this may be some loss of efficiency, but every choice has a cost. And I believe that term limits were in effect when he ran for his office, so this is not a surprise to him.

If the voters agree with Mr. Hurlbert, and wish to revise the law, or re-elect him in the future, that’s fine. If enough voters agree he is essential, as he thinks he is, maybe we’ll do that. But for now, as an “officer of the court” he should follow the law and leave office.

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