Clearwater Candidate Abstains from Yard Signs During Election Campaign
Incumbent Bob Cundiff says he wants Clearwater to “remain beautiful without the muddle of thousands of yard signs, even for the duration of the campaigning.”
CLEARWATER – Yard signs – everywhere – are perhaps the most visible reminder that there’s an election coming up.
But one candidate says he doesn’t want to add to the visual clutter and has sworn off yard signs this campaign season.
“Yard signs are made of a type of all-weather plastic that can last up to 1,000 years,” said Dr. Bob Cundiff, who’s running for reelection to Seat 3 on the Clearwater City Council. He said he is the only candidate for the council who won’t be using yard signs.
His point: How can a candidate on one hand claim to be concerned with open green spaces and the environment, and then plant hundreds of unsightly yard signs on busy streets and in neighborhoods?
“It’s hypocritical,” he claims.
With a total of 13 candidates vying for elective office, that equates to nearly six months of thousands of the signs cluttering Clearwater’s roadways. History has shown that few candidates retrieve their signs after elections, leaving that chore up to traffic personnel, he said. Adding to the visual degradation is the fact that the department in Clearwater regulating traffic matters stated that yard signs cannot be recycled.
Accordingly, Cundiff said he decided at the outset of his campaign in November that he was against using yard signs, and hoped other candidates would follow suit. Instead, the campaign signs have mushroomed in front of homes and businesses throughout Clearwater.
“As a long-time Clearwater resident, I want our city to remain beautiful without the muddle of thousands of yard signs, even for the duration of the campaigning,” Cundiff said. “Candidates had to make a choice: Do what’s in the best interest of fellow citizens or do what’s best for your politic interest. I made my choice.”
Up for election are Seats 1, 2 and 3 in the nonpartisan race. Election Day is March 17.
Mail ballots are available at email@example.com or call (72) 484-8683.
Cundiff is the only incumbent seeking reelection. For information about his campaign, go to DrBobCundiff.com or call him at (727) 282-4505.
PHOTO COURTESY OF DR. BOB CUNDIFF.
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