Friday, July 30, 2010

A murderous election season

According to the Denver Post, interest in being a county coroner is way up:
Only a handful of coroner races are contested during a typical election cycle, but this year 20 of Colorado's 64 counties have battles for the job of managing death investigations on their ballots.
Whether it's the " 'CSI' effect," the down economy or retiring or term-limited coroners, more people than ever are chasing after the office.
Okay, that's pretty interesting.  As far as I know, there isn't a general increase in candidates for all races.  This is centered on coroners.  Is this happening in other states?

If a TV show can have this effect on politics, may I suggest a new show called "County Tax Assessor"?  Maybe starring David Caruso?  It tends to be hard to find candidates for that one.


Jenn said...

"I think someone," -- pause to flip on sunglasses -- "needs a supplemental property assessment." Woooooooooooooooooooow!

Cue: The Who

Kevin said...
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Kevin said...

"Term-limited coroners"? Is that a particularly Colorado thing? I admit I'm hard pressed to find a good reason to term limit that position.

Sub question: Do rates of successful homicide prosecutions go down after term-limited coroners are replaced?

Seth said...

You've got to term limit them, Kevin. Otherwise, they lose touch with, um, dead people.

Anonymous said...

Kevin is definitely in the pocket of the... coroning... industry.