Sunday, September 12, 2010

Political Sign Etiquette

In just a few short weeks the local landscape will be peppered with political signs of all colors, shapes, and sizes. It's a slightly annoying, but accepted expression of our democracy. It can also be a fun game for your kids to count the signs as you drive from one destination to another!

John Vespa feels that an honorable sign campaign is a reflection on the character of the candidate. It is our opinion that with Sheriff and Judicial races in particular, the candidate must be respectful to the public, and observe all laws and ordinances regarding private property and signage.

For these reasons, we promise that we, and anyone acting on John's behalf, will observe the following legal and ethical guidelines regarding political signs. This is our pledge to you:

1. Signs will only be placed on private property with the express permission of the owner of said property.

2. There will be no more than 1 sign per yard in a residential setting, unless the property is a corner lot.

3. Signs in residential settings shall be placed on the side of the sidewalk closest to the house. If there is no sidewalk, the sign should be placed to the inside of the imaginary line connecting telephone poles.

4. No signs will be placed on public right of ways, boulevards, and medians. (It's the law!)

5. Meticulous care must be taken that the sign does not obstruct the view of traffic coming from any direction.

6. We will never handle the sign of another candidate, without permission from that candidate. Instead, all violations will be reported to the owner of said property or the township.

7. The wire sign poles should be pushed as far into the ground as they can go, ideally leaving only 1" of space between the bottom of the sign and ground. This will make for a stable sign that is not likely to blow over and be an eyesore.

8. All signs will be removed within 72 hours after the election.

If you have any problems regarding our sign placement, please call Diane at 645-8608. Also, please let us know if you would like a sign in your yard and/or are willing to help us put up political signs. We have the lists, just looking for some muscles! We look forward to a colorful and informative sign season!

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