Windcrest neighbors divided on election

Political signs reveal diff­erences

SAN ANTONIO - With less than two weeks to go before the Presidential election, political signs are popping up everywhere as voters show their support for their candidates.

In the politically diverse community of Windcrest, it's not uncommon to see an entire street filled with opposing signs often right next to each other. The signs offer a revealing look into just how politically divided voters are.

Bill Jones proudly displays his support for President Obama with Obama/Biden signs in his front yard. Right next door his neighbor is supporting the Romney/Ryan ticket.

You might think that would lead to some heated arguments, but that's not the case.

"We're the best of friends. We look out after each other and occasionally I'll jab him about it, but that's as far as it goes," Jones said.

Jones and his wife have lived in Windcrest for more than 20 years and they said it's not unusual to see such political diversity on display leading up to an important election.

Despite the political differences, Jones said everyone on his street manages to get along.

"We still share a lot of commonality," Jones said. "We are a good neighborhood. We like each other, we get along and it's been fun."

While it's not uncommon to find and Obama sign on one side of the street and a Romney sign on the other, a few homes have both signs on display.

That's the case at Becky Westfahl's house. She's an Obama supporter but her husband is voting for Romney.

When asked how that works out, Westfahl said they have an understanding not to discuss politics in their divided home.

She said people often take a second look when they see the signs next to each other in the front yard.

"In fact it's made conversations and we've made friends because of it," Westfahl said.

Around the corner, you'll only find one sign in Brenda Papadakis' yard. She has a large blue banner proclaiming her support for Mitt Romney. Even though her neighbor supports the other guy, they still get along.

"It works out because we live in America and we have freedom of speech," Papadakis said. "I can live next door to him and still have different views."

While she's voting Republican, she encourages everyone to get out and vote for someone.

"No matter who you vote for, go vote," Papadakis said. "It makes you feel big and proud."

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