Will Jon Russell and Others Join Ann Rivers to End Campaign Sign vandalism?

by lewwaters

I have to admit, this press release put out by the Ann Rivers campaign is one of the classiest moves I’ve ever seen a candidate do.


Ann Rivers announced today that her sign crews have been directed to repair all campaign signs of either party out in the campaign area.

“It sickens me to see vandalized signs of any campaign. As a candidate, I know how hard everyone has worked to get the funds necessary to pay for these signs, and how much work campaign volunteers go through to get the signs up,” she said.

“We’ve been repairing and rebuilding everyone’s signs in our district when possible since we started putting signs up in April,” she added. “but that’s not enough. I’m convinced that the way to end the destruction of everyone’s campaign signs is to activate all sign crews to repair and restore downed and damaged signs whenever they can.”

Each campaign has spent a lot of money getting their signs up for name recognition. The largest signs can cost as much as $80 each. “Vandalism and sign theft will cost all campaigns in Southwest Washington thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of volunteer time that can be put to much better use,” Ann said.

Ann, who is running for the House seat in position one of the 18th District, is calling on all campaigns in both parties to follow her lead. “Sign destruction has been a bipartisan effort. There appears to have been a concerted effort to knock down all campaign signs regardless of party in the same locations, and that has to stop,” she went on.

“I call on all campaigns and both parties to follow the example of our campaign and ask their sign crews to repair signs whenever possible, report signs damaged beyond repair to their respective party headquarters or campaigns, and to lend a hand to help end this nonsense,” said Ann.

For more information, contact the Rivers Campaign at (360)771-8133, or go to the Rivers Campaign website located at http://electannrivers.com.

I live alongside a fairly busy street and over the years have had more than my fair share of campaign signs stolen, defaced and vandalized. They not only cost campaigns money, but supporters most usually make a contribution to the candidates campaign to receive one.

I hope that all of the other candidates running in the 18th Legislative District race, Jon Russell, Brandon Vick, Anthony Bittner, Independent Richard Carson and Democrat Dennis Kampe will follow suit.

With so many saying they wish to see politics cleaned up, now is your chance to follow suit and begin.

Good going, Ann.

6 Comments to “Will Jon Russell and Others Join Ann Rivers to End Campaign Sign vandalism?”

  1. As a sign veteran of the past 15 years or so, I’ve got to admit that its about time a candidate would take this step.

    If everyone looks out for everyone’s signs, then I don’t believe nearly as many will be torn down or defaced.

    Great idea!

  2. Bravo Ms Rivers, what a great idea to have every candidate looking out for each other signs. What a great example of bi-partisanship.

    Ms Rivers, you certainly understand the principles of being a good stewart with other people’s monies (donors in this case).

    You get my vote!

  3. Any response from these guys?

  4. So far, the only one I’ve spoke to that has said they like it was Brandon Vick.

    That doesn’t mean others don’t agree with her, just that I haven’t heard yet.

  5. I challenged my opponents to forgo campaign signs and special interest money. They did neither. So I don’t have any campaign signs to vandalize. But if you find one, let me know.

  6. Richard, I understand that you wish to run a shoestring campaign, and it’s your right to do so. But, signs are and always have been an important part of campaigning, even back in the early days.

    And, as was said at the C4L forum, just what special interest do you deny? We all know about corporations that wish a favorable bill, but what about citizen groups? Aren’t they special interests too?

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