2017-04-05 / Front Page

Political signs limited to one per candidate, on county grounds

BY TONY VINDELL
Reporter


RISD BOARD hopeful Janie Cruz Rivas and supporters putting a sign. 
(Photo by TonyVindell) RISD BOARD hopeful Janie Cruz Rivas and supporters putting a sign. (Photo by TonyVindell) Political hopefuls running in the upcoming May election can only put up one sign on county grounds.

The Willacy County Commissioners’ Court approved recently the limitation in an attempt to stop the intrusiveness of some candidates.

Up to this year, it wasn’t uncommon to see up to three signs from one candidate in front of the county’s annex building plus a few at Main and Fourth streets.

But the commissioners have passed a ruling limiting the number of signs to one.

County Judge Aurelio “Keter” Guerra said county buildings are for the taxpayers to conduct business or other matters such as court-related issues.

Commissioner Henry De La Paz said, that having to go through his most recent race, he understands the situation with political signs.

The commissioners have also approved setting a size limit on signs for a candidate announcing his or her political ambitions.

A sign can’t be more than 4-by-8 feet large and is to be removed three days after election, May 6, for the city and school races.

Janie Cruz Rivas, a candidate for Place 6 on the Raymondville school district board of trustees, said she did not know about the change until recently.

“In fact,” she said, “I just learned it from another candidate.”

Cruz, who on Monday was putting up a sign, said she is having signs made but will set them up in other locations.

Hope Barrera, the county election administrator, said early voting will take place from April 24 through May 2.

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