WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The campaign ads are finally over. Now it's time for the political signs posted all over to come down.
Since the minute the polls closed Tuesday night, volunteer Rob Lowers has been picking up campaign signs.
"A lot of people out there complain that the signs out there are an eye-sore, so we need to have them, but we need to have them cleaned up as soon as we can," he said.
Ilario Panatano's campaign manager Andy Yates says the quicker volunteers pick them up, the better.
"I think the big advantage to picking them up sooner is so things don't disappear; they don't get damaged. They've been out in the weather for a while," Yates said.
The small signs cost a couple dollars each, which can rack up fast when you're buying in bulk, and as Lowers says, there's still much more work to be done.
"I thought it was our responsibility to clean it up and leave it cleaner than we got it," he said.
Yates said all of pantano's signs will be put in storage to possibly use in the future.
"The election's over, but the work's not over for probably for a few more weeks, and then everybody's going to take some time and figure out where we go from here," Yates said.
Volunteers for Rep. Mike McIntyre also collected truck-loads of campaign signs early this morning.