Too long is simply too long

FresnoJune 1, 2014 

My intention is not to criticize the record of the incumbent district attorney, but rather to appeal to those who believe in term limits for all elected officials as I do. Unfortunately, there are no term limits for the Fresno County district attorney. If Elizabeth Egan were to be re-elected, at the next term's end, she will have held this critically important office for 16 years. What (or who) is to prevent her from staying in power for 20-plus years, irrespective of her performance?

I am not comfortable with anyone in control of a public office for that long, including Mrs. Egan's opponent, Lisa Sondergaard Smittcamp. However, from hearing the challenger speak, she doesn't appear to covet the power of the high-profile DA position nor need to cling to the job until retirement. Instead, the experienced Mrs. Sondergaard Smittcamp seems committed to: quickly restoring public confidence in the district attorney's leadership and improved public safety, providing constructive training to young prosecutors, and paving the way for another highly qualified, dedicated prosecutor to take her place. How refreshing! Isn't that the way it's supposed to be with trusted, publicly elected officials?

Janelle Dunn


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