With the election just a few days away, Jordan seems to be missing one thing: campaign signs.
Only one candidate had put up signs as of Tuesday: Jordan City Council candidate Jesse Masloski put up a dozen signs across the city, with at least one in every neighborhood, he said.
And even those were leftover signs. He used signs from his city council run a few years ago. After putting his first six signs out, he noticed there weren’t any others.
“I’m the only sign that I’ve noticed in town,” he said.
He thinks other candidates didn’t put up signs because it’s not a presidential election year and he decided not to put up many either.
Council member Jeremy Goebel is running for re-election and also has campaign signs from previous years, but said he’s not a big fan of the little billboards that spring up every election season.
“I made the decision that if others don’t put signs out then I would play by the same rules,” Goebel said by email. “Probably not the best idea in terms of getting elected, but it’s nice not seeing them all over.”
Council candidate Amanda Schuh said she thought about putting up signs, but didn’t because she didn’t see any others.
“I continually looked and was ready to order some, but I never did,” she said.
Instead of signs, she focused on other methods of getting her views out, such as by answering a Jordan Independent questionnaire and talking to her neighbors.
She said in 2016, there were signs for mayor and city council.
“But now that I’m reflecting upon the last week here of our campaign — it’s a small town, (there’s) name recognition, that would have been a good idea,” Schuh said.
City Council candidate Bill Heimkes isn’t a big fan of campaign signs, and didn’t notice other signs.
“I’m old school,” said Heimkes, 63, who has lived in Jordan his entire life. “People know me pretty well, they know I’m running... I feel pretty confident, but if I don’t (win) it’s no big deal either.”
City Council candidate Jerry Monyok didn’t put signs up either and said it was nice not seeing them around town.
Not only are the signs sparse, but so are the candidate forums/debates.
Goebel said he was a little disappointed that the Jordan Commercial Club didn’t put on a candidate forum this year. Jordan Commercial Club President Deb Pauly said a candidate forum wasn’t on the club’s radar this year.
The club has taken on other events previously hosted by the Jordan Chamber of Commerce, which has had decreased participation in recent years, Pauly said. In recent months, nobody in the club brought up a forum, so it didn’t happen, Pauly said.
Schuh lamented the lack of opportunities to reach out to residents through the Chamber of Commerce or Jordan Commercial Club events.
Cheryl Hawkins of the Jordan Chamber of Commerce said it hasn’t hosted a candidate forum in years. She added that she’s not sure why it stopped, but would be open to restarting them.