The 2012 election

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A South Marion Citizen editorial

We already knew that the 2012 election was going to be a hot one. Nationally, we’ll be electing a president, statewide we’ll be choosing a senator, three county commissioners will be up for election, and there’s going to be a School Board race that promises to be interesting.

Enter Sheriff Ed Dean … or should we say, exit Sheriff Ed Dean.

The sheriff’s announcement Tuesday that he would not run for re-election next year produces another key ballot race. There are already names being tossed around as possible successors to the current office-holder.

It promises to make an already interesting election even more open.

However, there is one issue that needs to be dropped until at least after that election.

The current sheriff had made a proposal, now being studied, to bring Marion County Fire Rescue under the sheriff’s domain. With him now officially becoming a lame duck sheriff, it hardly seems prudent to continue to discuss the issue until a new sheriff is elected. In fact, this plan could become a major campaign issue for November 2012.

The new sheriff may not even want to consider running the fire service.

So we urge the county to drop all discussion of this consolidation now, and wait until after that election. An issue as important as this should not be considered until we know who is going to be administering it.