Is Nury Martinez Using City Trucks to Campaign?
Elected officials will take any step possible to put their name out there to create the impression they are serving constituents, whether they are or not.
However, it is generally considered somewhat verboten not to use public resources to campaign for office, and indeed there are rules around that.
Is a local incumbent facing a serious and unexpected election challenge however perhaps skirting the letter if not the spirit of the law?
City Bureau of Sanitation trucks were seen recently that are sporting rather professional looking signage touting 6th District Council Member Nury Martinez. Martinez, just elected two years ago, is being opposed in the upcoming election by her previous opponent, former Assembly Member Cindy Montanez.
To the best of my knowledge, though I've seen City Clowncil members put their names on construction signs, event banners and other places, I've yet to see this rather blatant mobile display.
Given that the Santiation Bureua rolls up to the Department of Public Works, I'm certain it's board president, Kevin James, who in another life riled against such shadiness, will not be amused.
Certainly, the Montanez campaign must be making an inquiry of ethics officials as we speak?
(Photos courtesy of Edwin Ramirez)