CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – Candidates for Office at Cleveland are hoping the yard signs will help them build a name and show the strength of their support, but police are currently investigating complaints that some signs are being stolen or destroyed.
Chris Mitchel, a supporter of Ward 7 City Council candidate TJ Dow, said he had placed a campaign sign in his front yard in the city’s Hough neighborhood, but on Wednesday afternoon Seven, it was blown up by what police believe to be an M-80.
“I was upstairs taking a nap and my wife and dog were downstairs and we heard a very loud bang just outside. I ran downstairs to see what it was and said ‘wow, there’s a big crater in the middle of our yard’ and our campaign sign was in shambles,” said Mitchell.
Mitchell believes the demolition of the sign on the field was an attempt to intimidate his family for supporting Dow.
“I say to anyone, ‘If you try to intimidate us, it doesn’t work. You’ve got the right ones. You know, we’re not going to get discouraged or anything,” he said.
After the incident was reported to police, Dow spoke to the family.
“I apologized because you wanted the campaign to show, but you feel sad that they have to go through something like this,” he said.
According to Dow, a witness reported seeing a red pickup truck driven by a woman to the Mitchell’s home. Witnesses said a teenager jumped out, lit an explosive, jumped back into the pickup truck and they sped away.
“What message are you sending, one, to that child, and what message are you sending across the board to think that’s okay?” Dow said.
Mitchell decided to send a message to the people who blew up his yard sign.
“[TJ Dow] say ‘are you okay putting up another sign?’ and I was like, ‘uh, yeah, no problem,’ ‘Mitchel said.
In addition, some contestants reported that their signs were stolen at street corners and yards in Ward 7.
Mayoral hopes Sandra Williams said more than 150 of her campaign signs were stolen, most of them at midnight.
“It’s someone who gets paid to do those signs or someone who doesn’t want me to have a name in the community,” Williams said.
She points out that people who take signs are technically guilty of trespassing and theft.
“And I want people to know that the signs on the pitch are not voting things. The people who chose to put those yard signs in their yards are the ones who will vote for me,” she said.
Williams said another problem on the campaign trail in Ward 7 is the placement of signs in the yard without the owner’s permission.
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