PALMER — A handful of white and red election signs popped up in Palmer last week that are causing confusion among Valley residents.
On Clark-Wolverine Road and other election sign hotspots, “Hale family 4 Endle” signs have sprung without any information as to who paid for the ads. Different sets of families sharing the same last name have taken to making election signs that are resulting in both correction and confusion at the same time.
“I am not related to those people at all and it appears that their campaign signs, particularly the one in downtown Palmer on South Alaska Street by the laundromat do not have paid for by disclosures,” Mat-Su Borough Assembly District 1 candidate Tim Hale said.
Tim Hale grew up in Valdez and moved to the Valley to fight the Miller’s Reach Fire in 1996 before moving his family to Maud Road. A separate Hale family that lives on Lazy Mountain said that they had been receiving calls about an apparent relative of theirs running for office and wanted to correct the confusion, but may have only created more confusion in the process. Joseph Hale of the Lazy Mountain Hale family said that he had fielded dozens of calls asking if assembly candidate Tim Hale was related to him and wanted to set the record straight. Joseph Hale said that he spoke at length with Tim Hale, but will be voting for Hale’s opponent, Brian Endle.
“I feel like Brian Endle supports my values and I feel like he’s definitely conservative,” Joseph Hale said. “We’re not interested in people voting for Tim Hale thinking he’s part of our family.”
Alaska Statute 15.13.090 titled Identification of Communication states ”All communications shall be clearly identified by the words “paid for by” followed by the name and address of the candidate, group, nongroup entity, or individual paying for the communication.”
However, the statute continues to state that the provisions do not apply when the communication is made for a billboard or sign; or printed material other than an advertisement made in a newspaper or periodical. With no identifier as to which Hale family supports which candidate, some residents remain confused.
“Everybody who sees that comes to the same conclusion,” Valley resident Dwight Haak said.
To add to the confusion, Lazy Mountain Hale family member Moses Hale appears in a campaign video with his son endorsing Endle.
“Even Tim Hale supports Brian Endle for Assembly,” Endle says in the video.
While Tim Hale acknowledged the downfall of his common last name, he was unhappy with the confusion the signs have caused.
“I think it speaks to the character of the campaign that they would resort to something like that,” Tim Hale said.