Is Ben Isitt trying to challenge David Shebib’s status as ‘Garbage Guru’ in his righteous ‘garbage war’ against his fellow Victoria City Council Candidates’ philistine signage clutter?

Ben challenges municipal candidates to avoid “garbage war”

Posted by  on October 26, 2011
This unsightly mess from another city demonstrates how a courteous campaign can quickly degenerate into a “garbage war” on public property. I’m calling for fellow candidates to join me in confining signs to supporters’ residences and businesses.

I’ve issued a challenge to fellow municipal candidates, urging them to avoid “a garbage war” of campaign signs on public property.

I’m proposing that we raise the bar of political discourse by confining our election signs to the residences and business establishments of supporters. While I respect the right of candidates to express themselves freely in public spaces, littering public boulevards with lawn signs does not demonstrate genuine support among voters.

My campaign will rise to this challenge and confine lawn signs to supporters’ residences and business establishments regardless of how other candidates respond (see my letter to candidates below). But I am confident that other candidates share my view that the best barometer of support is a voters’ lawn or window, rather than a patch of public lawn or median.

Elections are a time when public issues are debated, when voters entrust the responsibility of local government in public officials. We need to focus on pressing economic, social and environmental challenges and genuine demonstrations of support, free from the clutter of a garbage war on public space in the City of Victoria.

———- Forwarded message ———-

From: Ben Isitt <ben@isitt.ca>
Date: Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 7:35 AM
Subject: Proposal for campaign signs
To: Victoria Municipal Candidates

Dear fellow municipal candidate:

I am writing to you regarding the placement of campaign signs within the City of Victoria. While I respect the right of all candidates to express themselves politically in public spaces, I think you will agree that the best barometer of support among the electorate is a sign located on a voter’s lawn, window or business establishment.

I intend to confine my campaign signs to supporters’ residences and businesses for the duration of this campaign. I would urge you to join me in this regard, since public boulevards and medians have the tendency to deteriorate as a campaign unfolds, as rival campaigns scramble for vacant space on this public property. Signs and frames often end up strewn haphazardly on public lawns and roads, creating an unsightly mess that sends a poor message to voters. Such a ”garbage war” has the effect of squandering financial resources which could otherwise be deployed strategically to increase public awareness and democratic engagement.

If you are open to confining your campaign signs to voters’ residences and businesses, please give me a call at 250-882-9302 or reply to this email.

I wish you all the best in achieving your campaign goals.

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