Campaigns and political signs

July 19th, 2017 by Ken

Election season came early this year.   The need to get ballots to our troops overseas resulted in moving the Primary Election date to August 1.   The ballots for the race came out last week.

In Lacey, there are seven candidates seeking election or re-election who are putting up campaign signs.   These include:  Rick Nelsen, Robert Motzer, Michael Steadman, Madeline Goodwin, Cynthia Cox, Rachel Young and yours truly Ken Balsley.

Three of those seven are not even on your Primary Election ballot.   Steadman and Motzer face off in November only –  and Rachel Young is running unopposed.   Why she wants to put up signs when she has no opposition is strange.   I suspect she had the signs made up before the filing period and just thought she needed to get some name recognition.

The four of us on the ballot – – Nelsen, Cox, Goodwin and Balsley  – are jockeying for name recognition.   That is the most important factor in a primary election.  Voters must become familiar with your name   Putting up campaign signs is the most effective way of getting name recognition.

The City of Lacey has rules regarding political signage.  For the most part, the rules are mostly ignored, particularly in city elections.  The most often violated rule says that no signs can be put up on the public right-of-way.

I put up signs only on private property with the approval of the land owner.  I also have some supporters who might put up signs that aren’t in complete compliance with the rules.

To date, I have about 300 signs out.  That’s a normal amount for a city election.   Most of my opponents have about the same amount of signs.   But, if it seems that all you see are my signs – – it’s due to one fact.  My signs stand out.   White on red is the best color for signs – and a simple name is all that can be read by drivers.

All of us complain about our signs being taken down.   To date, I have lost about 47 signs that I’m aware of.  Again, that’s normal.   Signs are knocked down by kids, blown over by wind, and taken down by people who just don’t like signs.   I don’t believe my opponents or their supporters take down my signs.   I know I instruct my supporters to keep their hands off my opponents signs and I suspect they do the same.

Once the campaign is over, all political signs must be removed in seven days.  Those who remain for the general election in November can keep their signs up.   Sometimes it does seem like its a long, long way to November.

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