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Gentlemen\'s Agreement for Long Valley Political Signs

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(Please note: although an email address is required to sign the petition through this system, it is not made visible to the public and will not be distributed in any way.) Would you like someday to see hundreds of political signs up 12 months a year Long Valley has seen a skyrocketing growth in the volume of political signs in the past few years, which many consider an eyesore during the time when people visit our town for the foliage and pumpkin picking. Traditionally, all local candidates have agreed that political signs should not start until four weeks before election day. But this year, as per the July 31 Observer Tribune, there are indications that one local candidate for Township Committee, Democrat Kevin Nedd, is planning to break with the traditional gentlemen\'s agreement. There are also indications from his statements to town officials and others that Mr. Nedd intends to put out political signs as early as Labor Day, nine weeks prior to the election. If true, that would trigger other candidates\' political signs and mean two months of hundreds or thousands of signs all over Washington Township. This \"sign war\" could lead in the future to signs going up earlier and earlier, or even year around. The campaign of Mr. Nedd\'s opponent, Republican Jim Harmon, while fully respectful of the right of free speech, has twice reached out for this gentlemen\'s agreement and been rebuffed by the Washington Township Democrats. According to Washington Township Counsel John Jansen, the new sign ordinance, which will not take effect until after the current election, can not mandate the four week period, but the hope among town officials is that campaigns in the future will reach an agreement on signage. By signing this petition you will be affirming your desire for the parties to reach a gentlemen\'s agreement for the placing of political signs to not extend beyond the traditional four week period in Long Valley. Please note: after submitting your information you may be taken to a page to donate to the I-petition site. YOUR PETITION HAS ALREADY BEEN RECORDED AT THAT POINT. You may exit then.


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