First Charles Peterson’s signs go missing and now this.
I noticed something new on my morning drive to the high school today… one candidate finally put signs out. Yes, in the sea of signs I noticed. Are you wondering how?
Well first, they are nice signs – in a good “political shade” of blue. Secondly, I drive A LOT between Snoqualmie and North Bend in my mom taxi and notice things. (Got a little Mrs. Kravitz in me I guess.) And thirdly, both my son and I noticed the not cool (as he called it) sign placement from (presumably) this candidate’s campaign.
You see, the new signs were placed to completely block to the opposition’s signs. Not next to them where there appeared to be plenty of room, but smack dab right in front, almost touching them. In fact, in multiple downtown Snoqualmie locations, the opponent’s signs were even blocked on both sides, sandwiched and shielded from sight by these new signs that appeared overnight.
To be clear, not all of these signs were placed in this teenage described “not cool” way, but probably about half of the ones I noticed (between Snoqualmie Ridge and Mount Si High School) were. I counted it in seven spots, most prominently occurring through the downtown Snoqualmie SR 202 corridor.
I am used to political attack ads on TV, on the radio, etc. But this is small town politics for city council seats and hospital board spots. This isn’t a statewide or national campaign. Heck, even in those I’ve never seen this football-like political sign blocking tactic.
So knock it off. These are local residents putting themselves out there, spending their own money (often times) to win a seat and voluntarily serve the community and its interests.
Stop moving the signs, stealing the signs and blocking the signs. They all deserve an equal shot because most often, in small town politics, those signs ARE the candidate’s commercials. And they’re aren’t cheap.
Give them a break. And like I tell my kids: Be nice. Play fair.
*** And for the record, I haven’t voted yet and do not endorse any candidate in any race. ***