02/02/2001

Critics say sheriff trying to cut political opposition
[Atlanta, GA]

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."

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