Steve Visser, Staff January 31, 2001, Wednesday, Home Edition Copyright 2001 The Atlanta Constitution The Atlanta Journal and Constitution January 31, 2001, Wednesday, Home Edition
(ATLANTA) -- Some powerful state politicians are pushing for a law that would make it hard for most people to run against them. Under a bill in the Legislature, candidates for sheriff would have to be certified peace officers before running for office. Critics lambaste it as a job protection act for sheriffs, saying it gives a measure of job security no elected official deserves.
"It's an incumbent protection policy," said Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga) . "I think it deprives us of the purpose of free elections."