WATSONVILLE—Two wacky sign situations in Watsonville have caught the attention of voters in the final week before the election.
On the east side of the city by the Staff of Life Natural Foods grocery store, a pair of political signs for current District 7 City Council representative Ari Parker emblazoned with the quote “When they go low, we go high”—a saying made famous by First Lady Michelle Obama—are offsetting two signs for District 7 candidate Nancy Bilicich.
Bilicich, who was first appointed to the city council in 2009 and twice earned reelection before leaving office in 2018, says she has “no idea” why her opponent included the quote under her typical signs.
“One day they just appeared,” says Bilicich, the director of the Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adult Education program.
Bilicich said she has nothing else to say about the matter.
Parker, who is currently serving as mayor, did not respond to emailed questions before press time Thursday.
Steve Trujillo, who ran unsuccessfully against Parker in 2018 and is now on the Cabrillo College Governing Board, said at a recent city council meeting that he would not vote for either candidate because of ongoing “smear” tactics from both sides. Instead, he said, he planned to vote for himself as a write-in candidate.
Trujillo said via email that he did not want to comment on the matter further.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the city, political signs next to a bus stop at the Overlook Shopping Center have been getting butchered. This includes a sign for 4th District Supervisor candidate Felipe Hernandez that has been tagged with graffiti and chopped up to remove the former Watsonville mayor’s face.
In a photo posted to social media, Hernandez combated the literal defacement by replacing his missing face with a photo of slasher villain Michael Myers. He also added the words “Happy Halloween” at the bottom of the sign.
“Getting in the Halloween spirit and turning lemons into lemonade,” Hernandez wrote in the post.