DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Karen Handel said she is ready to get to work after her victory in the 6th Congressional District runoff. She defeated Democrat Jon Ossof 52 percent to 48 percent in the nationally-watched election.
After the April 19 primary, Handel and Ossoff really got their campaigns in gear to win the district seat. With that came the campaign signs -- and now that the election is over, there’s a push to clean up the streets.
“On a usual sign sweep day, we may do anywhere from 40 to 60,” said James Duncan, Tucker’s code enforcement officer.
He’s talking about sign removal, but the day after the expensive and highly-watched congressional campaign is no usual day. Every few feet, Duncan had a hand on a Handel or Ossoff sign.
The runoff election received national attention and brought out all kinds of signs covering the 6th District. For that reason, code enforcement in the City of Tucker decided that the day after the election they would make it priority one to clean it all up.
“Because we knew that signs were building up throughout the right of ways throughout the city,” Duncan said.
When asked how long it would take him and one other enforcement officer to clear Tucker of the campaign evidence, Duncan responded, “It takes us about a half a day on our regular runs, so I’m just going to put a question mark by that."
Tucker does regular biweekly sign sweeps, which was delayed some during the two-month runoff period and gave some leeway. Now, it’s game on for code enforcement.
“Any sign that’s on the right of way, whether it’s on a pole or in the ground, we’re able to remove it,” Duncan said.
Each one of the signs will be put into the city’s weekly recycling. The officers put safety first and only clear right of way signage in non-rush-hour times.
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