Pat Withrow for Sheriff campaign sign
Steve Moore for Sheriff campaign sign
STOCKTON, CA - The election to determine the next sheriff of San Joaquin County doesn't happen until June of next year, but that hasn't slowed incumbent Steve Moore or challenger Pat Withrow from campaigning.
Signs for both candidates, especially Withrow, are popping up in and around Stockton.
"I've never done this before. I'm not a politician. People don't know my name yet. It's an advertising tool for us to use," said Withrow, who has about 10 large signs already posted.
Moore has a few small signs up, but both candidates both already have websites explaining their political ambitions.
"When it comes to getting the message out and giving people hope, I don't think it's ever too early," said Withrow.
But political consultant Don Parsons disagrees with that.
"In my view, after a while (signs) tend to become part of the landscape and people stop recognizing what's going on. It's not a strategy I would do," said Parsons.
Parsons said it's also possible for voters to be confused in November when they vote on a Stockton tax proposal.
"I would imagine people looking up and down the ballot, trying to find where the sheriff's race is, not realizing it's not until next June," he said.
Withrow said there will be lots of signs scattered around the county leading up to the election, since his campaign has about $300,000.
Moore's campaign didn't return calls or emails to News10.