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I am a simple country boy transplanted from the Piehl Township in northern Wisconsin to the Milwaukee metropolitan area who came down "sout" in 1980 for college and have stayed in the area since.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Vote NO on 4 Year Terms

A measure on the ballot this april 5, 2005 is a proposed amendment to the State Constitution which lengthens the terms of county partisan offices to 4 years. Partisan county offices are: Coroner, DA, Treasurer, County Clerk and Registrar of Deeds, etc.

The first question is why are these partisan offices? But, I will let that pass.

I see no reason why "Let 'em Go" Mike, the District Attorney of Milwaukee County cannot stand for an uncontested election every 2 years instead of every 4 years. The more often these people stand for uncontested elections the better. There is a small chance on any given election that the person will have an opponent. This means the mean time between contested elections is governed by Poisson's Distribution. If the average is 1 election in 20 is contested then there is a 50%-50% shot that 13 elections must pass before there is at least 1 contested election. For 2 year terms this means 26 years between contested elections. For 4 year terms this means 52 years between contested elections.

I think 26 years between contested (not losing, just contested) races is more than enough.

Vote NO on 4 year terms on April 5, 2005.


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