Author of petition for lengthening terms of elected officials lacks resources

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The author of a petition that calls for a constitutional amendment to lengthen the terms of elected county officials says he doesn't have the resources to begin collecting signatures.

    The petition calls for increasing the terms of officials such as county judges and sheriff's from two years to four. It was developed by David Dinwiddie and approved last week by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

    But Dinwiddie tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he doesn't have a plan or the resources to begin collecting the78,133 needed to put the issue on the November 2014 general election ballot.

    Sheriffs have called for longer terms on their own in the past and Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay says he believes most county officials, including sheriffs, will support this effort.

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