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Signing off: Opponents agree not to use campaign signs

Saturday, August 28, 2010

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Opponents, Bart Williams (left) and Joe Yates (right), shake hands as they agree not to use campaign signs as they vie for the same alderman seat in the upcoming November election.
Two candidates running for the Dyersburg Alderman-At-Large Position 3 seat have entered into a gentleman's agreement to not use campaign signs this election.

Bart Williams and Joe Yates will be on the November ballot and both came up with the idea to do away with the signs.

Williams, who is the incumbent, said the agreement was to reduce visual clutter and waste and could also save a few flat tires.

"Inevitably a few of those wire legs get left along side the road and get run over by mowers," said Williams. "We'll just have a cleaner Dyersburg."

Yates agrees with Williams that the signs are an eyesore and doesn't believe they generate votes either.

"I don't think that driving down the road and either seeing Bart's sign or my sign is going to convince you to vote for either one of us," said Yates. "We're just spending bad money to get cheap publicity."

He added that his running for alderman is nothing against Williams, but is something that he has always wanted to do.

The two men hope other candidates will take notice of what they are doing and follow their example. Yates said one of his pet peeves is when he sees candidates' signs months after the election.

"That's the thing I hate is people forget where a sign is and it just stays up," said Yates.

Williams already had signs in storage from his last campaign and said it is a relief to not have to put them out.

"The day after the election, win or lose, we won't have to be scurrying around gathering up signs," said Williams.

Yates added that it was good the agreement was being publicized because the community can hold their feet to the fire if they see a sign from either candidate.

Williams and Yates will be on the ballot for Dyersburg Alderman-At-Large Position 3 on Election Day, which will be Nov. 2.


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Thats professional guys... Good job!! Wish more would follow..

-- Posted by time2change on Sun, Aug 29, 2010, at 12:03 AM

Wish you both could be elected............

-- Posted by HasBeen77 on Sun, Aug 29, 2010, at 10:32 AM

Way to lead by example men! Either one would be a good man for the job.

-- Posted by SILENTMAJORITY on Sun, Aug 29, 2010, at 12:39 PM

Yeah, they are eye clutter, but that's not the REAL reason. Bottom line? Nobody buying furniture these days so Joe's gotta cut corners somehow and that's ok. Just don't spout some noble ideal....

-- Posted by outta*here on Sun, Aug 29, 2010, at 3:30 PM

These two young men will be the 1st honest politicians in Dyer County history to run for office.

-- Posted by Ben Wilson on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 8:30 AM

I am assuming outta*here's comment is a joke, as I recently bought furniture from Joe, and there were several people in there buying furniture. I know Joe and Bart personally, and they are both stand up family men, and we would be lucky to have either in office.

-- Posted by littlered72 on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 8:49 AM

totally missed the point.....

-- Posted by outta*here on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 6:59 PM

I know both of these gentlemen and they both have Dyersburg at heart with regard to growth,jobs,etc. Either one will make a great alderman on the board here in the city. Too bad, we can't just vote for 3 individuals for aldermen at large. I also know Jewell Horner, who is a nice person but I do not think she is the best/right person for the job.

-- Posted by Lil Money on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 11:34 AM


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