No, the current sign ordinance being considered by the Jackson Town Council isn’t a do-this-don’t-do-that mandate against which the counterculture is pushing back.
But it’s probably not a good idea.
Turns out I’m the only council candidate willing to say no to temporary signs and banners for businesses, as Mayor Mark Barron has proposed. Nonprofits still would be allowed to display banners for their community events.
This isn’t the most pressing issue, and it’s not like I’m on a crusade against signs (besides political yard signs, of course), but we have an obligation to keep the town looking tidy and not a junk show.
The News&Guide ran a story last week about campaign spending during the primary. I proudly came in last among the candidates, spending only $265 — $225 of which was a single ad in the News&Guide election section.
My three opponents going forward — Hailey Morton, Jim Genzer and Phil Cameron — spent the most.
Stanford’s low expenditures put his cost-per-vote at about 77 cents. He received 346 votes. He said he will continue his policy of no campaign yard signs during the general election season.
On the other end of the spectrum, Morton spent nearly $12 for each for the 481 votes she received.
I strongly believe elections, especially for local office, should not be about raising and spending money, but the quality of your ideas. Former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal used to say you govern the way you campaigned, and the reverse holds true for me. I’m running a campaign the way I’d run town government: lean and efficient.