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