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Candidates recycle some signs

Dustin Racioppi
Eagle County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY ” It was hard not to notice of the abundant “Vote for __,” or “Re-elect __” slogans of campaign signs that lined the highway and scattered town centers the last few weeks.

Then, all of a sudden, winners were named, seats were filled and the ubiquitous political jack-hammers were gone, out of sight until the next election.

But where did they go?

That depends. Some candidates saved them knowing full well they may have aspirations for another run at office, and others ditched them in the trash or recycling bin. Some did both.

Anything else could’ve come with consequences.

Eagle requires campaign signs be taken down with seven days after the election, or the owner of the signs will be charged when the town removes them, according to Eagle’s municipal code.

In Avon, candidates have 10 days to get their signs out of sight, and after that are subject to a civil infraction for each day after that the sign is still there, said the town’s code enforcement officer, Paul Brogren.

That doesn’t seem to be a problem with the local candidates, though, as most signs seem to be cleared out by now.

Newly-elected county commissioner Jon Stavney, who posted around 800 signs in the county, started pulling them out of the ground election night. He finished off the job Wednesday morning, he said, and dropped many of them off at a recycling center.

“It was a long campaign and out of respect for the people who endured the campaign, I felt it was the responsible thing to do,” he said. “I’m tired of reading my name, as well.”

But he also saved a couple hundred that were still in good shape, and his garage is now loaded up with cardboard signs, which he said cost about $3 each.

“It all starts to add up,” Stavney said. “Who knows, I may run again in four years and I’ll be ahead of the sign game.”

Eagle County Democratic Party co-chairwoman Carole Onderdonk said a campaign volunteer picked up all the signs “-from the ones supporting the Obama-Biden ticket down to local seats ” and took them to be recycled Thursday, two days after the elections. What couldn’t be recycled went in the trash.

“We try to live up to our values by recycling them,” she said.

But then again, as Avon Town Council member Buz Reynolds proved, you can save time and money by simply not bothering with campaign signs and still pull off a win.

“I said, ‘I’m going to go out and meet everybody and I don’t want to contribute to the campaign pollution,'” Reynolds said, but added he sees the value in posting signs for newcomers and people who, unlike a longtime resident like himself, need to get their names out there as much as possible.

“The bottom line is I went to people and places I didn’t know,” Reynolds said. “In a small community, I don’t think you need to barrage them so much.”

Dustin Racioppi can be reached at (970)748-2936 or

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