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Campaign sign battles brewing after repeated vandalism

Posted at 7:34 PM, Aug 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-17 23:54:30-04

Kelly Townsend is the third-highest ranking Republican in the Arizona State House.

She's been documenting her street corner campaign sign battle on Facebook.

The east Mesa candidate for re-election keeps getting targeted by political foes armed with spray paint.

"They don't want the American way of life; they want this new democratic socialism," Townsend claimed about the culprits. A little tongue-in-cheek, she bought stickers for her signs saying, "Not endorsed by socialists."

When someone kept ripping those stickers off, Townsend installed a trail camera to keep an eye on her signs and catch whoever is responsible. Pretty soon, someone tripped it, and Townsend rushed over to confront the guy. However, she quickly realized her suspect was actually trying to help her.

"This gentleman is actually a Vietnam veteran and takes issues with socialists, and so he was doing his civic duty, he felt, to remove those signs to protect me from those guys."

In a similar incident ABC15¬†released earlier this week, a candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission has called police after a vandal attacked his name on a campaign sign.

Monday night an unidentified man is seen on video approaching a sign for Rodney Glassman. He is recorded cutting off the G and L from the sign, leaving it to read "assman" instead of "Glassman."

Tampering with or defacing political signs is a misdemeanor, and both are still looking for the real vandals.