Battle of the Yard Signs: Democrats on Top in Historic District

Almost 300 yard signs are posted in the Historic District, including national and local political races,
For Sale signs, and support for local initiatives. (Wave photo)


October 22, 2012

Yard signs tell a story — whether or not it’s an accurate one.

In observance of the political silly season, Wave staff drove 15 miles up and down each street in the Cape Charles Historic District yesterday, recording every single yard sign they saw — almost 300 in all.

That includes political signs, For Sale signs, and various community advocacy signs. Permanent signs such as for vacation rentals were not counted.

The biggest surprise was that the Blue candidates (Obama, Kaine, Herschbiel) trounced the Red ones.

That doesn’t mean Cape Charles has more Democrats than Republicans — it just means more Democrats put up yard signs.

At the local Town Council level, Steve Bennett racked up 43 signs to Dan Burke’s 31. Town Council candidates do not register by political party, so no correlation can be established between the local and national races.

One interesting phenomenon: all five Cape Charles bed & breakfasts are displaying Steve Bennett signs. Bennett thus wins the “George Washington slept here” award.

Community Center/Old School Cape Charles, with many variations, recorded 31 signs.

Worthy of mention: “Prayer: America’s Only Hope” was seen 8 times.


Only one sign supports voting YES on the private property amendment. No sign suggests to vote NO.

The charts tell the whole story, including listings for 83 houses for sale in the Historic District — 67 for sale through Realtors and 16 for sale by owner.



4 Responses to “Battle of the Yard Signs: Democrats on Top in Historic District”

  1. Ettore Zuccarino on October 22nd, 2012 9:15 am

    Excellent and worthwhile review. Thanks!

  2. David Gammino on October 22nd, 2012 4:10 pm

    Well, my daughter asked me who this Prayer fellow was, and what office he was running for. This article clears that right up!

  3. Daniel Burke on October 22nd, 2012 8:37 pm

    Couldn’t help but notice the Bennett sign in your article ;-)
    Dan Burke

    He’s got you by 12, Dan — better print up some more signs! –EDITOR

  4. David Gay on October 24th, 2012 8:04 am

    Of course Bennett has more signs, he saved them from his last run for Town Council. If you want the same old “elect me for Town Council, go back to sleep don’t worry I’ll take care of you government” then vote for Bennett.

    If you want positive change, someone who cares about you and will seek your opinion when major decisions are made regarding the sale of valuable town property, water and sewage rate increases, tax assessments, etc. then vote for DANNY BURKE. He lives in the Historic District, cares about the people and the culture of the Eastern Shore and will work to protect the interests of ALL the citizens of Cape Charles, not just the Town Council insiders.

    It’s up to you….VOTE BURKE ON ELECTION DAY!