Politics

Oct 22, 2010 7:44 PM by David Ortiviz

Political signs pit neighbor against neighbor

As the political season continues to heat up battle lines are being drawn across neighborhoods. Yards signs are popping up and creating rivalries among Democrats and Republicans. News First 5 spotted a lot of signs on Elizabeth, Greenwood, Grand and Court.

"It's just really a matter of opinion," said Michael Schneider, a resident on Pueblo's northside. Schneider proudly shows off his Republican viewpoint in a neighborhood filled with Democratic signs. However, about a month ago he says his signs were stolen. "My reaction was what happened to our signs, then I noticed the opponent's signs were up as soon as our signs were stolen, the exact same day," said Schneider.

Schneider has his suspicions, but still doesn't know who took the signs. "I didn't want it stolen again so I had to literally clip it with metal bands and plastic ties to the porch so nobody would steal it," said Schneider.

A few blocks away, Adam Bravo put signs in his yard supporting his mother in-law Angela Giron, a democratic candidate in State Senate District 3. His neighbor across the street, has a sign supporting Republican Vera Ortegon.

"We have gotten into a few debates," said Bravo. The signs have created such a rift, Bravo says they don't talk politics anymore. In fact, they avoid each other completely. "It does get really heated. I mean is it worth it? Do you want to lose this relationship with this person because of their political beliefs," said Bravo.

Pueblo Police say they've only received a couple of reports of stolen or damaged signs. Officers say violators can be ticketed for theft or property damage.

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