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Letter: Nonpartisan elections

Richard Davis recommends "nonpartisan" elections for the attorney general ("Don't turn AG into an appointed position," Dec. 4). At present, municipal and school board elections are nonpartisan in Utah, but they are a sham. Is anyone really unaware in those elections of the party affiliations of the candidates or the fact that the party organizations actively support candidates? Is the mayor of Salt Lake City, for example, really a nonpartisan?

Consider a hypothetical situation of an elected nonpartisan attorney general who is a de facto member of a party different from that of the governor. Does anyone in the real world doubt that he would likely use his office to undermine the governor, insofar as was possible, while positioning himself to run for that office? Partisanship is the ugly side of democracy that, unfortunately, we have to live with.

Wyoming, among other states, has an appointed attorney general. As a member of the Wyoming Bar, and a registered independent voter, I can say that the appointed attorney general has worked extremely well in practice and removes one more office for which campaign funds must be raised.

Ronald Holdaway