Archive for Thursday, March 24, 2005

On the campaign trail III

March 24, 2005

If nothing else, there have been some interesting quirks in this year's campaign trail in Baldwin.

The oddest one for me came this morning with a call from Baldwin City Police Chief Mike McKenna. Nothing odd about the chief calling. He does it all the time, especially when there's "news."

I had to laugh when he told me what was up. He said, "there have been some complaints registered about political signs in town being too close to the road."

I asked, what signs? I haven't seen any.

This time it was his turn to laugh. He said, "I know what you mean, I haven't seen any either."

This has been the most sign-less election I've ever seen. I can't say that I'm complaining, but it's just odd. I hadn't seen any until the other day and it was a "vote no on the amendment."

Then on the way into work Wednesday morning, I saw my first city council sign and a "vote yes on the amendment" sign. Three signs. And, now that I think about it, they all violated the rule McKenna was talking about.

No signage, regardless of political or otherwise, for whatever candidate or political party or persuasion or cause, can be closer than 10 feet to the street. OK, you've been warned. Those signs closer than 10 feet to the road will be confiscated.

Another oddity has been the usual public forums for candidates. The Chamber of Commerce was going to do them, as usual, but backed off so that the political science department at Baker could do them and give their students experience.

It's been quite an experience. First, they were just going to do city council and not school board. Why? Don't ask. Then, they were going to do both school board and city council on the same night. Why? Don't ask.

But, now, it appears that the school board forum will be Tuesday and the council will be on Thursday. Both forums are scheduled for 7 p.m. in the audiovisual room at the Owens Musical Arts Building.

Why? Don't ask. Just be there. There are four positions open on both the school board and city council. Hear your candidates.

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