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Campaign sign blight: At what point are they breaking local ordinances?

Posted at 5:35 PM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 10:29:43-04

Signs, signs, everywhere are signs. But are the people placing the campaign signs breaking the rules?

According to Peoria's political sign guidelines, they can't be within a 30-foot triangle of the curb at an intersection. Driving through Peoria and Glendale, we saw several corners littered with them just a step from the curb.

"I know I'm not the only one that's dealing with this problem," Michelle, a Peoria resident, told ABC15.

Michelle emailed after she had a hard time seeing past Stan Arterberry's sign. Arterberry is running for the Maricopa County Community College Board.

"The nose of my car is out to the street and I'm still leaning over the steering wheel to see because my car is that low," she said.

We contacted Arterberry. He graciously agreed to take it down right away. He sent us this statement reading:

"We have removed the sign. The safety of our citizens driving is very important to our campaign team. We want our citizens to be safe while driving and noticing our campaign signs."

Michelle said she's grateful Arterberry took swift action. She has advice for other candidates.

"Let's do a better job about putting them in places where we're not interfering with traffic," she said.

Campaign signs must be removed within 15 days after the general election, according to state law. If you see a campaign sign violation in your neighborhood, it is up to your municipality's codes enforcement department to take care of it.

In Arizona, it is a misdemeanor offense to remove or deface a campaign sign that is on public property. You can read more about the political signs statute here.