Jackson mayoral candidate defends yard signs

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JACKSON, Tenn. — As of Tuesday, the countdown until the Jackson mayoral election was 49 days. There are strict rules that govern when yard signs can go up. A Jackson city ordinance stipulates campaign yard signs are not allowed until 45 days before an election, which would be Saturday, March 21. However, a sign supporting mayoral candidate Tim York was spotted Tuesday near the intersection of Edenwood Drive and Skyline Drive in west Jackson. Another was reportedly posted along North Highland Avenue. York said he marked his countdown from the start of early voting, which is April 15, not election day on May 5. While at the town hall meeting Tuesday, he said, “I’ll tell you what I’ll do. I’ll leave mine up for two weeks because Mayor Gist left his sign up for two weeks, then I’ll pull mine down.” York was referring to a large sign outside of Mayor Jerry Gist’s campaign headquarters in downtown Jackson. Code inspectors said it must be taken down after it was determined to take up more than 45 percent of the building’s facade. City code limits signs to covering 25 percent of any building in the city. The city sign code enforcement officers said yard sign violators are notified to take down the signs and are given one day to remove them before fines are imposed.

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