Duluth Orders Some Dugan Campaign Signs Moved

The Post 2 candidate moves the signs Tuesday after acknowledging placement of the signs Monday night.

Dugan campaign sign in downtown Duluth area. (Credit: Dusty Graham, dated Dec. 2, 2013.)
Dugan campaign sign in downtown Duluth area. (Credit: Dusty Graham, dated Dec. 2, 2013.)
A City of Duluth official said Tuesday (Dec. 3) that campaign signs in support of City Council candidate Jim Dugan have been ordered moved from the right of way around City Hall.

City Clerk Teresa Lynn, who also functions as elections supervisor, said Tuesday -- the date of a runoff election for two City Council posts -- that "the candidate was notified to move signs from ROW (right of way).  I will check to ensure that the signs have been moved."

Dugan acknowledged Tuesday morning that the signs were placed Monday evening. His response:

"Yes, those signs were posted late last night to avoid the early school buses and rush hour traffic. Most all of my signs were placed in the same locations where they were posted for the last election (Nov 5th). I have gone out already today and moved them back to satisfy Mr. Graham’s inquiry regarding distance and locations."

Patch reader Dusty Graham noted the signs' placement in an email to Patch and Duluth officials on Monday (Dec. 2). Also, Graham made a comment on Duluth Patch about the signs' placement.

Graham's comment cited part of a July 1, 2013 memorandum from city Planning Director James Riker:

No signs are permitted in the right-of-way. Any signs discovered within the right-of-way will be removed and stored at the City Public Works Maintenance Facility for a period of two (2) weeks. If signs are not claimed within two (2) weeks, signs shall be discarded without further investigation. 

Dugan is a candidate for Post 2, which he currently holds.

Dusty Graham December 03, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Disappointing but not unexpectedly, Dugan's signs are still posted on city property and along the right of way in violation of the election rules and the Duluth sign ordinance. This is what we have in this era of Gwinnett government. Where was the Code Enforcement Officer? Where were other Council members? This reflects poorly on the entire city government. Play in the sandbox long enough and you get special treatment? When will others have the courage to stand up to this sort of behavior?


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