Campaign mailers get ‘pretty old’

Every day, Clifton resident Mary Jury said she has at least two more pieces of political mail to toss.

From the glossy cards to the booklets of “facts” about local, state and federal candidates, Jury said she has no use for the glut of information.

“It’s a waste of money as far as I’m concerned,” she said. “I don’t believe anything they have to say
anyway.

“Lately it’s been two or three a day, which gets pretty old.”

With nearly two dozen questions on this year’s ballot, combined with candidates for the state Legislature, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, presidency and local offices, there has been no shortage of fodder for campaign mailers.

According to some local residents, the bulky ballot has made for stuffed mailboxes.

Janet Graves, who lives in northwest Grand Junction, said political mailers, though they might be annoying, are not all bad.

She said she reads through them, albeit with a grain of salt, before tossing them. Some are more useful than others, Graves said.

“Some of it we look at, some of it we toss,” she said.

Graves said the most important piece of “political” mail she has received was the annual “blue book,” which the nonpartisan Colorado Legislative Council sends out.

The booklet contains information on local judges as well as arguments for and against statewide ballot measures.

“We’ve been studying that,” she said.

It is unclear if campaign mailings are on the rise or decline, because no one maintains statistics on political mail, but state Rep. Bernie Buescher, D-Grand Junction, said the number of mailers in his race is fewer than in 2006.

During that election cycle, local voters found their mailboxes stuffed to the brim with primarily negative campaign fliers about the two candidates in House District 55, Buescher and Republican Bob Caskey.

In this election cycle, Buescher said, his campaign has tracked 11 different mailers. Last time around, he said, the campaign saw more than 50 different mailers circulated in various parts of his district.

“There’s still a few more days,” Buescher cautioned.

The other difference, Buescher said, is the mailers have generally stayed positive this year.


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