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Mayoral campaign signs targeted
I read Axel Black's letter regarding vandalism of campaign signs ("Leave campaign signs alone", Auburn Reporter, June 28) with interest and understand the frustration of seeing your candidate's signs damaged.
I live on Lea Hill and have commuted to my chiropractic office near Fred Meyer on foot for many years. It has been commonplace to find campaign signs damaged or uprooted along this route. Typically it appears to be indiscriminate vandalism, evenly distributed among candidates.
I know and support John Partridge for Auburn mayor. John's signs have been significantly outnumbered on the thoroughfares, including on Lea Hill, though seemingly not in people's yards. Each of the few signs of John's that I pass on my walk to my office has been vandalized in the past couple of months. One of Nancy Backus' signs was uprooted but not damaged and replaced a few days later.
On two occasions, the signs of all three candidates were positioned side by side, Partridge's and Scot Pondelick's signs were uprooted, while Nancy Backus' sign was still firmly planted in the ground and undamaged.
In the past, I have replanted signs I found uprooted, regardless of whether I support ed that candidate of not. However, I was cautioned that if I am seen touching an opponent's sign, I could be accused of vandalizing it. Therefore, this year, I have only replaced and repaired John's signs.
On a recent morning, at the corner of 105th and 107th (the hairpin curve), where all three candidates had signs, all but Nancy Backus' signs were uprooted and irreparably broken. While writing this letter, I was just informed that John's sign has disappeared from our own front lawn.
This year, unfortunately, the campaign vandalism does not appear to be indiscriminate, and although Ms. Backus has been victimized, at least on Lea Hill, she has not been targeted to the degree that her opponents have. John, having fewer signs to start with, is being placed at a decided disadvantage.
I'm sure none of the candidates support these actions, but unfortunately the actions of their supporters cannot help but color our perceptions. It might be nice if they tried to reign in their supporters.
– Phillip Thompson