With the General Election weeks away, you'll likely find campaign signs around every corner. But local democrats say these signs have become a 'big' problem.
"There are a few campaign signs that are on residential properties that exceed the allowable limit” says Allen County Democratic Chair Mike Bynum.
According to a Fort Wayne city ordinance, if campaign signs are on a residential property, they can't be more than 12 square feet.
"If you have a home on a property that is considered residential, you fall within the guidelines” says Bynum.
One sign in question belongs to state representative candidate Bob Morris. Even more, it sits in Fort Wayne mayoral candidate Paula Hughes' yard.
"He has placed some signs ironically on property of candidates that should know what the law and ordinance are” Bynum sasy
But Morris says his 15 square foot sign is in compliance.
"The signs here are well within the parameters of the guidelines” Morris says.
Since Hughes lives across the street from a business, Morris says the area is commercial, not residential.
"We have a business well over 30 acres right across the street here” says Morris.
Local zoning officials disagree. On the county's website, Hughes’ property is listed as residential, but Hughes say she doesn’t believe they are breaking the law. Hughes also says the complaint is nothing more than a distraction.
"I think there are much bigger issues that we should be talking about” she says.
Republicans aren't the only ones. Today FOX Fort Wayne found a Thomas Hayhurst democratic sign. Its 32 square feet and sits on a residence on Bass Road.
Bynum wasn't aware of the violation, while Allen County Republican Chair Steve Shine says before today, he wasn't aware of any Republican violations.
"Now that I am aware of it, I will alert all candidates that they need to comply with the ordinances of the city and the county” says Shine.
City code states that offenders can be fined $25-to-$300-per-day for violating the sign ordinance. Bynum says he has yet to file an official complaint.