Signs of the Times in PWC

Prince William County has a very clear zoning ordinance that prohibits the posting of campaign signs more than 90 days before an election. Specifically, the county states:

Other things to know about signs outside of the VDOT right of way include the following:

  • Political campaign signs are allowed but may not be posted earlier than 90 days before an election and must be removed five days after the election. There are also restrictions on the number of signs allowed on individual properties based on linear feet of street frontage.

So why is Scott Jacobs posting his campaign signs around the Brentsville District now when the next scheduled election for the Brentsville Supervisor seat is not until the June 2015 primary?

While there is likely to soon be an opening in this seat necessitating a special election due to the pending appointment of incumbent supervisor Wally Covington to a judgeship, we aren’t there yet.

First, the Virginia legislature must reach a budget agreement – something that has been thwarted by Gov. Terry McAuliffe and senate Democrats’ insistence on expanding Medicaid in Virginia as a means of getting the foot in the door for Obamacare here despite the state having a $300 million revenue shortfall and no way to fill that let alone pay for added healthcare costs.

Next, the legislature must confirm Covington for the post. Typically, this is a formality and there probably is no bar to Covington’s appointment, but stranger things have happened.

Then, after a budget is reached to fund judgeships and Covington is confirmed, he must still resign his seat on the Board of Supervisors.

Finally, once there is an official vacancy on the Board, a special election must be called and the Prince William County Republican Committee must set the method and date of its nominating contest.

Only once ALL of these things have occured can the 90-day timeframe be calculated. We haven’t even passed Step 1 yet.

In fact, if you take a look in Virtucon’s sidebar, you’ll see the following with regard to this race and its scheduled timing (or lack thereof):

SPECIAL ELECTIONS
Prince William County
Board of Supervisors
Brentsville Dist. – TBD


So back to Jacobs and his signs. What is the county doing about this? Well…

County Zoning Administrator Nick Evers confirmed Monday his office has received several complaints about the signs and said the matter has been turned over to county attorney Angela Horan’s office for further investigation.

County spokesman Jason Grant said Horan’s office had not yet reached a decision on the matter Monday.

For his part, Jacobs said he’s called county officials to ask about the signs and has not yet been told to take them down.

It doesn’t matter if these signs are on private property. Let’s take one more look at exactly what the PWC website states, this time with added emphasis —

Other things to know about signs outside of the VDOT right of way include the following:

*    Political campaign signs are allowed but may not be posted earlier than 90 days before an election and must be removed five days after the election. There are also restrictions on the number of signs allowed on individual properties based on linear feet of street frontage.

So there you have it. The county ordinance applies to signs OUTSIDE the VDOT right of way. In fact, the county addresses signs IN the VDOT right of way as well —

No signs, either commercial or political, are permitted in the VDOT right of way.  Those placing signs in the right of way are acting illegally and endangering their safety and the safety of residents.

This seems pretty clear to me.

The bottom line is this – county attorney Angela Horan’s office is sitting on these complaints because Jacobs is Corey Stewart’s and Wally Covington’s preferred candidate. It is ridiculous to think that this would have to be referred to the county attorney’s office in the first place and even more incredible to think that it would take them longer than 30 seconds to come to the decision that these signs are being posted in violation of the county ordinance.

These are the signs of the times in Prince William County – cronyism and corruption run amok.

That’s just one of the many reasons why we need Jeanine Lawson on the Board of Supervisors.


One thought on “Signs of the Times in PWC

  1. It really doesn’t matter unless Riley runs against Caddigan, then he and Lawson, Candland and May could force the board to finally make some necessary changes and possibly fire the county executive.

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