THUNDER BAY – One of the less civil features of an election in Thunder Bay is the rampant sign vandalism that occurs. Across the city, as signs go up, candidates face theft and vandalism of their signs.
Councillor at Large hopeful Richard Chef House Moorey reports, “A Red River Road supporter had a nasty surprise this morning when he found someone had backed up onto his lawn run over his House sign and peel out making a mess of his front yard!
“These types of targeted attacks really take a toll on a smaller budget campaign and use up valuable and limited resources”
“I don’t take these types of things personally and to some extent they are almost expected” House continued, “But it is a little disheartening to see the damage done to this poor guy’s lawn.” “I feel really bad that this happened because he supports me”.
“This isn’t going to slow us down at all and has only strengthened my resolve. I am confident that we will succeed and be able to help put our beautiful city back on track,” stated House.
There have been other reports of vandalism or theft of signs. The Pullia campaign reports that some of their larger signs have been sliced apart. The Hobbs campaign has had signs stolen off of front lawns.
Some candidates are unaffected by sign vandalism. Ken Boshcoff who is running for both the federal Liberals in Thunder Bay Rainy River and for a seat as an at large councillor reports, “Many thanks for the requests but I won’t be doing signs this campaign. My goal is to reach out to as many people personally as is humanly possible in a 7 week campaign”.