Political signs swarm Tucson intersections
This political season the signage started earlyPhoto: Video by kgun9.com
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - This political season, the signage started early. In some spots, the signs popped up in June, thanks in part to special elections.
Since their early summer arrival, the signs have multiplied -- flooding major intersections with one candidate in front of another.
"We're trying to educate the voting public. That's what the process is, I think it's helpful," said State Senator Al Melvin.
The sign scene hasn't always been this full. A year ago, the legislature passed a law superseding previous sign restrictions in the city of Tucson.
KGUN9 asked Sen. Melvin if he thought the law change was an example of making campaigning easier for politicians.
"No, I don't," Melvin said. "Signs cost money, they take time and effort to put up (and) have them printed. It doesn't make it easier for the candidate."
Current State House candidate, David Bradley, said he disagrees with Melvin.
"In theory, (it's) to the benefit. What good signs are is always up for debate, " Bradley said.
Tucson City Council Member Steve Kozachik said the signs are not only an eye sore -- they're also a distraction for drivers and a pain for pedestrians.
"All over town now we have our major intersections looking like crap," Kozachik said. "I don't have any problem with the small signs intermittently spaced around the city and private property, but this is ridiculous."