Letter: Campaign season ethics hit new low with theft of signs

Editor:

On July 12th I put up a campaign sign for “Brill for Congress” at the intersection of Broadway and Main in Clarkdale at about 4 in the afternoon. This sign was located in the public right of way and was legal.

At 10 in the morning of July 13th this sign was still there. But by noon on the 13th, the sign was gone.

It is illegal to remove campaign signs at this stage of an election. I placed several other signs throughout the Verde Valley and they are still there. There will be many more soon.

If they are removed it shows that whoever did this does not know how to campaign properly for their candidate and/or are nothing but vandals or thieves.

Dan Riordan

Canvassing Coordinator

Brill for Congress

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tbabbitt 4 months ago

More trashy signage by trashy old people. We no longer get to enjoy the natural beauty because people like this want us paying attention to, "Stage One water alert" and "A bike friendly city" Instead of driving. More trash signs from a screaming generation that has no respect for the attention space of their neighbors and no respect for preservation of our views. This is a petty issue that you should fix yourself.

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IzzatSo 4 months ago

"Sign, sign, everywhere a sign. Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind." Same old problem today as when the Five Man Electrical Band sang that song years ago. When I lived in Hawaii, they had a unique solution to political signage; no fixed signs allowed, period. However, every morning, supporters of the campaigning politicians would gather at major intersections holding 'Vote for...' signs for the period of the rush hour. Same thing in the afternoon (kind of like the young man waving the Great Clips advertising sign out on Route 260). But when the political supporters went home, they took their signs with them. This resulted in open views of the beautiful Hawaiian scenery most of the day. Give that idea some thought.

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cscully 4 months ago

In 2011, the Arizona Legislature approved state-wide regulations allowing political campaign signs to be located in the local public right-of-way (street corridors) subject to meeting criteria. Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 16 (Elections) Section 1019 (Political signs) sets out criteria for allowing such temporary political signs in the public right-of-way, including time, place and manner restrictions. This does not apply to regulations for campaign signs located on private property, which are subject to separate laws. ARS 16-1019 also provides an exception whereby cities and towns may designate political sign free zones as applies to public right-of-way. This generally applies to areas with tourism, cultural and economic emphasis. Historic town centers are commonly included in political sign free zones. Most cities and towns in Arizona have taken the opportunity to designate political sign free zones. Removing political signs is generally against the law, however there are certain circumstances where removing signs is allowed. Candidates and their helpers are encouraged to learn about local sign laws in advance. Most towns have this information available on their websites. In this case, it appears the sign was located in a designated sign free zone and may have been located in an unsafe manner. Research first.

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