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LENOIR CITY ELECTION

BY: PAT HUNTER

On Oct. 2 (Tuesday) residents in numerous Lenoir City subdivisions and roads received a political campaign door hanger from "Wampler for Lenoir City Council" adhered to the United States Postal Service Mailbox.

Streets lined with mailboxes were dotted with political advertisements. It was hard to avoid seeing the Wampler political campaign hanger because it was strategically placed on the door of the mailbox so when individuals like myself went to open the mailbox, guess what, the Wampler political advertisement was asking for a vote. No postage was affixed to the political advertisement.

In many cases, the political campaign door hanger could have easily been placed in newspaper boxes inches away from the U.S. mailbox but that wasn't the case.

It's my understanding that some complaints were filed with the Lenoir City United States Postal Service about this incident. I can say without hesitation that to date, no other candidate has attached a campaign flyer to the U.S. Postal Service Mailbox at my residence.

I understand that campaigns are expensive and getting the best bang for a candidate's buck is a good think. But candidates have a responsibility to ensure that campaigns are managed in accordance to the rules and regulations.

My advise to candidates, campaign managers, treasurers, and supporters, please contact the United States Postal Service and learn about the regulations governing mailboxes, and the placement of campaign ads on mailboxes before canvassing other residents or neighborhoods.

Creating good will and leaving a positive impression is just as important as the candidate's message to the voter. Antagonize the voter and take the risk at the ballot box. Lastly, please check your voters list to ensure that residents that you court for votes are bona fide city voters.

 

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10-8-2012