Less is More: Political Signs & Pollution

Note those adorable little nibbles in two corners…

I am not a fan of political signs. I don’t think they are very effective, especially in a pandemic or polar vortex freeze when few are driving. In fact, 2020 and 2021 are the most stay-at-homes years ever. There are way more effective ways to communicate in a digital era, as I have leaned in my years working on-line and developing web sites.

But ultimately, I guess every campaign needs a few signs.

When you see a political sign, does it really sway your opinion? Do you wonder, “who is that?” Political yard signs likely won’t change many minds; the key benefit is simple awareness and name recognition.

And then there is pollution. I am an environmentalist, and I consider everything I use and dispose of as it relates to my footprint on Mother Earth. Yard signs are only used temporarily. They are made of non-decomposing plastic. What do you do with them once the campaign is over besides re-use for a yard sale? Throwing them away is wasteful and contributes to the land-fill.

The CandyforDallas Campaign is taking advantage of environmentally-friendly, less-wasteful forms of political signage this year, like political magnets for the car. This mobile marketing does the work of at least 10 signs.

Yard signs are also a distraction when driving, and we have enough driving distractions. When multiple candidates have signs all over town, things start to look cluttered and messy.

That’s why I am focusing on a “less is more” strategy for my City Council campaign:

  • We will use large political banners in strategic locations (like campaign rallies) rather than having an excess number of signs.
  • I saved and stored my signs from my 2017 campaign, so if they look a little dusty, or like the dog chewed them, please excuse: they are recycled.
  • I am encouraging car magnets with my supporters.
The naughty culprits!

9 thoughts on “Less is More: Political Signs & Pollution

  1. Patricia McFarland

    Please send 2 car magnets to
    Patricia & Gary McFarland
    7708 Briaridge Road
    Dallas, TX 75248

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  2. Kevin O'Dell

    I’m researching all 3 of the candidates for D11 councilmembers, and have noticed no one is identifying their political party affiliation. I’d like to know why that is, b’cuz I am so skeptical of campaign promises, it would help me find my preferred candidate much quicker. As I have read your flyers, and gone to candyfordallas.com website, I am confident enough I have decided YOU are my best candidate that I’m satisfied will address my overall concerns for living in Dallas. I will be voting “in person” and will “early vote” as well. YOU got my vote Candy Evans, and am impressed by your bio. Thank you for all your public service, and I hope you win!

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    1. Candy Evans Post author

      Oh my thank you! I always want to hear how I am doing qnd what the people of District 11 need! The non-partisan thing is that the council wants to keep political parties out of the horseshoe so that we think about the needs of the City over parties. Which is really how it should be everywhere. Tonight I ws chatting with CM Cara Mendohlsen and we were talking about this. I know it’s hard to understand because our state and national politics are so partisan. That said, you are right, and party does influence. Something I am disheartened to see is the campaign finance reports of the candidates and how many outside groups from DC etc are influencing our races. I am going to check with a state rep to see if we can change that. Local candidates should be supported by local donors, not outsiders with an agenda. Thank you so very much!

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