Da­m­aged signs

Gan­der can­di­dates have elec­tion signs van­dal­ized

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY ADAM RANDELL Adam.randell@gan­der­bea­con.ca

Gan­der mu­nic­i­pal can­di­dates have no­ticed elec­tion signs be­ing van­dal­ized around town.

Gina Brown had three large signs van­dal­ized be­yond re­pair, and at least an­other six smaller two-by-two foot signs have gone miss­ing.

“One sign they ac­tu­ally took a screw­driver to dis­as­sem­ble the frame it was in to get at it,” she said.

In­clud­ing the lum­ber to place the signs around town, the cost is ex­pected to be be­tween $700$800.

Brown said she doesn’t feel tar­geted, as she noted oth­ers have had a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Most can­di­dates have had dam­age to their signs as well, but I can’t speak for ev­ery­body,” she said. In a re­cent so­cial me­dia post, Coun­cil­lor Sarah McBreairty stated she had three signs dis­ap­pear and three sign post bro­ken off.

While Brown doesn’t know who caused the dam­age, she feels it will likely re­sult in teenagers be­ing “painted with a wide brush.”

And that’s not some­thing she wants to hap­pen.

“Who­ever is do­ing it is be­ing dis­re­spect­ful,” Brown said. “My con­cern is that the young peo­ple of Gan­der get a bad name for the van­dal­ism tak­ing place, but I don’t feel it’s a fair re­flec­tion of the av­er­age teen. I know that 99 per cent of teens would never do some­thing like that.”

The da­m­aged signs have pointed to one is­sue she has faced on the cam­paign trail – polic­ing in the com­mu­nity.

“I’ve been sur­prised by the amount of peo­ple go­ing to door to door, who are con­cerned about polic­ing is­sues whether it’s speed­ing or van­dal­ism,” she said. “It brought an is­sue to the fore­front on a per­sonal level and it helps me em­pathize with what some of the res­i­dents are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.”

ADAM RANDELL/THE BEA­CON

Gan­der mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion can­di­date Gina Brown has had sev­eral signs da­m­aged or go miss­ing since en­ter­ing the race.

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