Spotted in the median of Route 7: campaign signs for Greg Ahlemann, the Republican candidate for Loudoun County Sheriff. Campaign signs have been sprouting like weeds these last few weeks, since we have an election coming up next Tuesday, but I was a little surprised to see these particular signs, because a) Ahlemann is running to be the chief law enforcement office in the county, and b) placing campaign signs in the median of a highway is against the law. Section 33.1-373 of the Virginia Code:
Any person who in any manner ... erects, paints, prints, places, puts, or affixes any advertisement within the limits of any highway shall be assessed a civil penalty of $100. ... Advertisements placed within the limits of the highway are hereby declared a public and private nuisance and may be forthwith removed, obliterated, or abated by the Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner or his representatives without notice.
On the other hand, Ahlemann, a former Loudoun County Sheriff's Deputy, has also admitted to fixing tickets for friends of fellow officers, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. (Though, to be fair, fixing tickets isn't illegal, but as another candidate in the race said, "it's not a sound practice.")