Complaint over stolen signs in sheriff's race
The sheriff's campaign for Republican Jeff Gildersleeve has filed a criminal complaint with local law enforcement agencies over hundreds of stolen or damaged campaign signs.
“The sheer volume of signs that have gone missing or have been destroyed is alarming," said Gildersleeve in a statement.
Below is a copy of the complain, which was sent to state, county and city police.
He goes on to allege that damage and theft is being done by people who support the "establishment campaign" of Republican Michael Zurlo, who has been backed by the county Republican party.
Zurlo said he didn't condone the stealing of signs and noted that his campaign has "lost a ton of signs." He didn't plan on making a big deal over his missing signs, saying he would focus on the issues in the election, like a teen safety advisory committee that held its first meeting on Tuesday.
Zurlo said the committee is part of an outreach effort to young people.
According to the Gildesleeve campaign release, Michael Strothenke, of 67 Edie Road, also filed a criminal complain following damage to his lawn sign in support of Gildersleeve.
The Gildersleeve campaign said they've ordered more signs and are sending them out. To protect these signs, Gildersleeve said some volunteers have set up "surveillance operations."
Any person with a damaged or stolen Gildersleeve sign is encouraged by the campaign to contact local authorities.
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