Utah House GOP candidate Greg Nance got some bad publicity Friday when someone plastered dozens - perhaps as many as 100 - bright yellow "Greg Nance" campaign stickers on street light poles and other objects in Salt Lake City's central business district.
The yellow 4-by-4 inch stickers say "Greg Nance, State House District 26, Save Our Park" on them.Nance said his campaign has not "had time to make up any" campaign material. He said he has "no stickers like that." Asked if he knew anyone who could have put them up, Nance said, "No one to my knowledge." He said maybe someone who thought they were doing him a political favor put up the stickers. He said, "Saving our park out here is an issue in the campaign," but repeated several times that he didn't know who put up the stickers. "Politics is a dirty business, isn't it?" he said, hinting that maybe some political foe put up the stickers. Nance said he'd ask some of his political supporters if they knew anything about it.
Steven Allred, chief deputy city attorney, said it is a misdemeanor to put up posters, signs, etc., in the central business district. The infraction can carry a fine of several thousand dollars. "We'll have our building inspection people go out, look at the stickers and go from there" as far as any legal action, said Allred.
A central business district maintenance foreman said he'd start having his crews rip the stickers off. But that won't be easy, says downtown businessman Pete Caffall-Davis. Caffall-Davis runs a messenger service and has adopted, as a volunteer, a downtown corner where he reports and removes graffiti. Seeing the Nance stickers Friday morning he tried to tear some down. "They're paper stickers and just rip in half, the backing and half the yellow front staying on the pole. I can't believe anyone would deface the street like this, especially someone who wants to get elected to office." Caffall-Davis said he didn't notice the stickers Thursday, believing they were put up Thursday night.
Nance faces fellow Republican David Hittle in the June 28 primary in a seat now held by Rep. Steve Barth, D-Salt Lake. Oddly enough, District 26 doesn't include the central business district. The district takes in the southwest corner of Salt Lake City, the west half of South Salt Lake and a northeastern part of West Valley City. The district comes only as far north as 13th South in Salt Lake City and as far east as 200 West.