Friday, April 29, 2016

A few of the political signs sprouting around Elkhart ahead of the May 6, 2014, primary. (Tim Vandenack/The Elkhart Truth)
The political signs are sprouting in Elkhart. Will sign quantity translate into political victory?
Posted on April 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday April 17, 2014

Who'll win on May 6, day of the primary elections?

The Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce and the Elkhart Truth are co-hosting a candidate's forum on Monday, April 21. It goes from 7 to 9 p.m. at Iechyd Da Brewing, 317 N. Main St., Elkhart. Meet the candidates, ask a question. Cover is $5 and includes appetizers and dessert items.

Judging by the number of political signs I've seen in Elkhart, Dan Morrison has the edge in the Democratic race for the 2nd District U.S. House post. Andrew Hicks and Teresa Cataldo, by the sign gauge, are the front-runners in the race for the Elkhart Superior Court 3 judgeship.

Of course it goes without saying that signage doesn't necessarily translate into electoral success, so do your duty and vote.

Still, signs are, perhaps, one small measure of a campaign.



Here are a few observations:


  • I've seen a growing number of Morrison signs, but none from Joe Bock the presumptive Democratic front-runner (gauging by funding, party backing). There are a string of Morrison signs on Bristol Street. Fellow reporter Dan Spalding said he, too, has seen many Morrison signs in South Bend, but not so many for Bock.
  • There is an impressive string of signs for the Elkhart Community Schools referendum question along Jackson Boulevard east of Goshen Avenue. Those are the "Yes 4 Elkhart" signs, touting the proposal to increase property taxes to augment transportation and capital projects funding for the district.
  • I've seen Cataldo and Hicks signs all over and a few for David Francisco, another Superior Court 3 hopeful. I can't recall any for Fay Schwartz, who rounds out the list of four GOPers running for the job.
  • The three candidates for the District 48 Indiana House seat, Doug Miller, Adam Bujalski and Jesse Bohannon, have signs scattered all over.



More election coverage:


Follow reporter Tim Vandenack on Twitter at @timvandenack or visit him on Facebook.