Deciphering the signs within the signs in Bristol

By Scott Pickering
Posted 10/23/20

It’s the season of signs, which have proliferated on lawns, bushes and buildings across Bristol. Those feeling strongly enough about their choices (and living on major roadways) display the …

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Deciphering the signs within the signs in Bristol

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It’s the season of signs, which have proliferated on lawns, bushes and buildings across Bristol. Those feeling strongly enough about their choices (and living on major roadways) display the candidates who presumably will be receiving their votes on Nov. 3 (or in the era of mail ballots, already have their votes).

It’s often easy to tell the home of a Democrat — “Vote Sweeney, Ley, Foster, Donovan, Speakman, Felag, Cicilline, Biden, etc. …” — or the home of a Republican — “Vote Parella.”

But in 2020, things locally aren’t as clear as they were in past elections. Some houses, like those shown below, send mixed signals. However, for those who follow these things closely, the mixed signals can be deciphered.

Two years ago, there was a major shakeup in the Bristol Democratic Town Committee. A group that had led the committee for years, even decades, was out-maneuvered and out-voted, and a new group took over all the leadership positions. The old guard has not left quietly, and some have shown themselves frequently as opponents to the newly “progressive” committee, and to the candidates they once worked closely with.

Consider the front yards of the four most recent chairmen of the Bristol Democratic Town Committee (above) … the signs tell a story.

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Scott Pickering has been on the East Bay Newspapers team for more than two decades, since starting as a reporter for the Sakonnet Times. He's been editor of most of the papers, was Managing Editor of all the papers for many years, and became General Manager in 2012. Today he can be found posting to EastBayRI.com, steering news coverage, writing editorials, talking to readers, working with the sales team, collaborating on design, or helping do whatever it takes to get the papers out the door. Reach him at spickering@eastbaynewspapers.com.