Continuing our series on local politics and elections, I saw another sign today that sparked my interest. While traveling down Port Republic Road in Harrisonburg, I came across an encampment of yard signs fluttering in the breeze. Several were in support of Coffman for Council, others were for Baxter for school board, but a few were different. Rather than encouraging citizens to vote for a candidate, it tells folks to vote against Carolyn Frank.
Strangely, as you can see, they do not bear the paid for and authorized tag line that other political signs display. When I saw more of the signs on Neff Avenue as well, I stopped a local business to learn a bit more. Although on their shopping center property, the business knew nothing of the signs. They did not authorize them and did not know who placed them there. Obviously some person or persons have a very strong dislike of Frank in order to go to such lengths as spending their own money for the signs.
Two questions linger, who and why. Who made the signs? Why does their creator find Carolyn Frank so objectionable? I found this same question and a rather lengthy discussion on a recent article on hburgnews.com. Apparently, a local developer by the name of Bruce Forbes created them. Their discussion informs us that Mr. Forbes is someone who tries to buy and control politicians. He assisted in Frank’s election efforts several years ago and turned against her when she wasn’t loyal to his designs. Getting back to the signs themselves, although admittedly my knowledge of regarding laws for local elections are a bit shaky, I would expect that, like other political signs, they must bear the “paid for” tag line. If that is indeed an unmet requirement, then the city should remove them as quickly as possible.
If Carolyn Frank, Bruce Forbes, any of their supporters or detractors, or anyone else who has some knowledge of this subject cares to comment further, I’m sure we would be interested in learning more.