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County officials to discuss political signs, fair sponsorships


August 21, 2018

CLOVIS — The issue of political signs and sponsorships at the Curry County Fair is set for discussion at today's County Commission meeting.

In an email to County Manager Lance Pyle, Janemarie Vander Dussen, the Republican candidate for Division 1 magistrate court judge, wrote she was "concerned because only one political candidate seems to be availed the opportunity to pay for advertisement at the fair this year."

According to an email from Pyle to the commission, Vander Dussen paid $300 for a fair booth and Nicole Roybal, the Democratic candidate for Division 1 magistrate court judge, paid $200 for a booth and $350 for two signs and the donation of a utility vehicle to be used by events center staff with four bumper stickers at last week's fair.

Pyle said his understanding from Spectra, the management company for the events center and fairgrounds, is that booth prices are related to the size of the booth.

"All vendors and candidates have the opportunity to purchase signage," Events Center General Manager Joelle Reed wrote in an email to Pyle.

Pyle said the county does not have any polices or procedures regarding political signage at the events center.

"Historically, political signage has not been allowed on government property," Vander Dussen told The News on Monday, declining to elaborate.

Roybal declined to comment on Monday.

Pyle said he could not recall if past county fairs included political campaign signs and that the county will review any feedback from the commission at today's meeting.

Also on the agenda for today's meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. in the commission chambers at the Curry County Administrative Complex, 417 Gidding St.:

• The commission will vote on a 3 percent cost of living increase for Curry County grant employees.

Pyle said the county has received grant funds that allocate the raises, which he said would apply to 11 employees.

Salaries for grant employees come from the grants the county receives, which is why the raises would only apply to those employees, Pyle said.

• The commission will vote on the county's Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP).

• The proposed racetrack and casino in Clovis will be discussed for the second straight commission meeting.

Individuals opposed and in support of a racino are expected to speak.


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