The time of year has come again where residents can expect front yards to be filled with yard signs supporting candidates running for various local offices.
Candidates running for several offices have begun posting yard signs are working hard to post signs ahead of the March 6th Republican and Democratic primary election. Locally, multiple candidates have introduced yard signs as part of the game plan for making March a successful month. Incumbents Rich Herman, Kel Seliger and Four Price have all begun posting yard signs and candidates Matt Hand, Wade Overstreet and James Abbott have been working the yard sign trail hard for several weeks.
While yard signs have remained popular locally and statewide, some questions have arisen about whether the tactic is effective in elections. Researchers from Columbia University found in 2015 that yard signs grow voting trends by about 1.7 percent in all elections, including federal and local races.
Candidates continue to use the signs locally, however, and the signs have become a trademark of local races in Amarillo. Voters should expect to see the signs across Amarillo over the coming weeks and months.