Sunday, August 27, 2006

Campaign Signs Up

I see a few campaign signs popping up around town. Some of them, of course, never came down after the primary- The Neely vs. Flemming race still undecided.

The only signs I've noticed, so far, are Neely, Flemming, Jeff Leonard and, oh, a couple for Mary Beth- Wolford. I can't believe those will be the only ones putting out signs. I remember back during the primary we discussed the issue of when signs should go up- not too early, not too late- but don't remember if a consensus was ever reached.

I figure a month and a half before the election is soon enough. Even a month is fine. The day after the election, the signs come down. Sometimes, as I did last time around, I take them down as soon as the polls close on election day.

I was asked by someone a few days ago if they could put a sign in my yard. I figured it was too early, although it's probably within the month and a half election window. I think I'll go ahead and put some signs up around September 1.


Wouldn't it be interesting if few other signs ended up being put up and the candidates and issues with the least signs won?

13 Comments:

At 12:38 PM, Blogger samoasoftball said...

Man I hate the sign war stuff. But if you do not have the name recognition of the other candidates it is a cheap way to get the name out. I had nearly 300 signs out there and was still trampled by Bonnie. It is just part of that process. I was uncomfortable asking, but I had to get them out there. When I belonged to the HCDCC I was given a list of people to contact so it was less hassle. Bonnie had signs up on most of those houses this race. Just for the record....Fred wouldn't let me put up a sign in his yard regardless of my shameless begging on his Blog.

 
At 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think there is some rule in Eureka about how long before the election you can put out signs, not that it is enforced. Seem to remember something from the Gallegos recall period.

 
At 2:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI, the Mike Jones campaign consciously decided not to put signs up before Labor Day. All campaign signs get too old, too quick and tend to get on people's nerves.

Chris Crawford

 
At 3:21 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

I saw a LeVallee sign on C street yesterday, and noticed plenty of Neely and Fleming signs all around town. I espect they'll pop up all over the place after Labor Day.

 
At 4:19 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Richard wrote, "Just for the record....Fred wouldn't let me put up a sign in his yard regardless of my shameless begging on his Blog.".

Rich, sorry, but don't you think it would be a bit silly for me to have the sign of a candidate that supported Measure T next to a NO On T sign?

Chris wrote, "All campaign signs get too old, too quick and tend to get on people's nerves.".

Agreed, which is I wait a while until I put mine up. Kudos to Mike Jones for waiting until after Labor Day to put his signs up. I guess kudos to me, too, for doing the same thing, although Labor Day never entered my mind.

Not a bad general rule for placing signs out, though: From Labor Day on.

 
At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So let's all vote for Mike Jones? Because his signs aren't up yet? Or because his campaign made a conscious decision?

 
At 6:32 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

I just wonder how many votes are actually obtained due to a barrage of signs. Doesn't say much for the hope of the species if it's a significant number.

 
At 7:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Mike Jones showing he is making a conscious decision says something.

 
At 8:52 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Eric wrote, "I just wonder how many votes are actually obtained due to a barrage of signs.".

Hard to say, but I'm not sure that signs matter all that much, at least in some respects.

I brought up here a year or two ago, when we were discussing the same thing, that Jeff Smith, running for Eureka City Council in a three way race, seemed to have a hell of a lot of signs out. It seemed he had the most of the three candidates, from what I could see.

He came in third in the three way race.

 
At 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are still Dikeman signs up on Old Arcata Rd.

 
At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

richard is right... its not about how much signs help you. its about how the lack of signs hurt a campaign.

 
At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember a James Faulk Bully Pulpit column calling yard signs the "detritus" of the campaign season. Couldn't agree more.

 
At 1:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is there anything else we should know about how james faulk agrees with himself?

 

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