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Commission candidate claims opponent behind sign removal

District One commissioner Curtis Harvey said he was told by Dothan police he must remove the 4’x8’ sign from the yard of a home.
A Houston County commissioner seeking re-election said he was ordered Thursday to remove a political sign after a complaint was filed by his opponent.

District One commissioner Curtis Harvey said he was told by Dothan police he must remove the 4’x8’ sign from the yard of a home along Kinsey Road.

“I called my (Larry Matthews) and asked if he would stoop so low five days before the election and he said the rules are the rules,” Harvey said. “I had to drag my wife out in the rain to help remove the sign. I don’t mind abiding by the rules but really?” he said. He also questions the timing with the primary only five days away.

Police Major Steve Parrish said 4 by 8 signs in a residential neighborhood are not permitted under a city ordinance. Parrish said if there are no safety issues such as signs blocking visibility at intersections police only respond when a complaint is made. He didn’t reveal who complained about Harvey’s sign.

Matthews wouldn’t confirm whether he is behind the matter but said regulations should apply to all candidates.

Harvey and Matthews will meet in the Democratic primary June 3. There is no Republican opposition.

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