June 25, 2024

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Candidate Etiquette Lesson #1 Clean Up After Yourself

Steven Lynch signs

Candidate Etiquette Lesson #1 Clean Up After Yourself

It always amazed me in my communities of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, etc. how long candidates literature and signage lingers on long after hopes have been dashed upon the jagged rocks of election day reality.

I remember just years ago when you could still find decades old remnants of the ghosts of elections past still affixed to utility poles, abandoned buildings (ironically) and bumper stickers on pay phones and electric boxes.  After an election a candidate is given a bit of leeway, awfully considerate given the depression that defeat can bring on, but at some point campaign materials transform into litter.  Flyers and brochures blown about in the street mixing with leaves. Some of the literature is trampled about in high traffic areas and after a nice rain begins to turn into a colorful pulp merging with sidewalks. Less fortunate propaganda ends up in the same gutters occupied by broken liquor bottles, blunt wrappers, condoms and the occasional syringe.

In observation of this travesty of justice, the Blackstonian wanted to help out candidates with a few free etiquette tips.

Candidate Etiquette Lesson #1 Clean Up After Yourself
The Election is over and whether you won or lost, please clean up your stuff.  During the campaign you breezed through these neighborhoods telling people you care and having others advocate on your behalf. Now please spend just a fraction of the time cleaning up, that you did convincing us that you were the best person for this office.

Example:

Stephen Lynch signs
Stephen Lynch signs outside a popular Roxbury polling place as of 5/29

About The Author

Jamarhl Crawford is the Publisher / Editor of the Blackstonian. @jamarhlakauno on twitter.

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