by Pam Zubeck
Anyone who's lived in the region for five minutes knows there's never a dull moment in Fountain.
It's a whacky town when it comes to city government, marked by recall attempts, wild accusations, even a City Council member throwing a punch at a citizen.
With the Nov. 1 election bearing down and seats on the Fountain City Council up for grabs, the town is littered with campaign signs and campaign talk.
Political blocs are holding private meetings around town, plotting their strategies, and others are doing their best to sabotage those efforts.
Among those seeking re-election are Lois Landgraf and Harold Thompson, neither of whom is on resident Al Lender's A-list. Why should they be?
Thompson clobbered Lender during the break from one City Council meeting in June 2010.
Lender was being rowdy because the council had taken action that substantially hurt his medical marijuana business. Thompson later alleged he was the victim, but Lender says that's a lie and he's taking his cause to the campaign trail. He's parked this sign along Santa Fe Street in Fountain.
Thompson isn't Lender's only target. He's also opposing Landgraf, who maneuvered to hold a so-called public meeting after members of the public had left a City Council session, also in June 2010, so their views wouldn't be heard.
Landgraf later tried to get a restraining order against Lender, because he called her "scum" at a June 8, 2010, Council meeting. A county magistrate ruled against her, saying Landgraf is a public official who must endure public criticism.
Landgraf more recently opposed adoption of an ethics code for the Council and persuaded a majority to help her defeat it.
Despite all that, Landgraf wants another term and has posted these signs around Fountain, saying she wants to protect Fountain. From what? Oh, right. All those cancer patients who would like to get a little relief from Mother Nature.
Lender isn't giving her a pass, and he's posted these signs around Fountain close to Landgraf's.
Landgraf and Thompson, who want another at-large term, are in a field of five candidates seeking two seats. The challengers are Jim Coke, Mark DuFord and Patricia St. Louis. Read more about the race.
Not everyone is using creative campaign signs. Some are tame, like these:
The most important thing to remember about the election is this: VOTE. This year's election is being conducted by mail. Go here for information.