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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Three weeks remain until Election Day and political signs are everywhere. You see them along busy roads and in front yards. But what happens when opposing viewpoints pop up right next door to each other?

Mike Ross for Governor. Asa for Arkansas. Chances are you will spot more than one of these signs throughout your day. But the likelihood of seeing them, an address off, are not as common. We spoke to two neighbors to find out if they would still go next door if they needed a cup of sugar.

Bruce Schratz Junior and Ann Owen live on North Pierce Street.

"Oh it is wonderful," said Owen.

Besides a road, the only other thing visually separating them is their political views.

"Democratic party," said Owen.

"Go Asa," said Schratz.

And on the corner of each of their lawns you can tell who lives in which house.

"I think they actually had their Asa sign out first and then we followed closely behind with our Mike Ross sign," said Owen.

"Oh maybe two or three weeks after I put mine up," said Schratz.

Other nearby neighbors took note of this too.

"They are almost eye to eye," said Kay Allen.

Allen says when they put the signs up she noticed it immediately.

"I think it is wonderful," said Allen. "I think we have spirit going."

Owen has lived here for 11 years. Schratz just moved in a year ago. He says the signs have not sparked any arguments.
"I thought it was somewhat humorous," said Schratz. "Very lovely people next door."

The very lovely people next door casting two votes for Mike Ross.

"He supports the Private Option, very progressive for our state," said Owen. "We are very much behind that."

Owen says she is also behind Ross' stance on expanding Pre-K education and raising minimum wage.

"Their values are most closely aligned with our values," said Owen.

And Schratz says his values align with Asa Hutchinson.

"He has a vision even for say the medical industry that we have growing in central Arkansas," said Schratz.

Schratz says Hutchinson has a good vision for the state of Arkansas and understands the importance of education.

"It takes me being incredibly passionate about someone to put a sign in my yard," said Schratz.

And as these neighbors face off, their signs are after the same thing.

"It is important to get out and vote regardless of really who you are supporting," said Owen.

Owen says when she lived in New Orleans she noticed his and her political signs in one front yard, one for the wife's political views, the other one for the husband's.


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