Vandals hit signs of all 3 mayoral hopefuls

Political signs for each of the three candidates for mayor of Kingman were damaged, defaced or removed this past weekend, police said.

City Attorney Bob Taylor said it is a Class 2 misdemeanor to knowingly remove, alter, deface or cover any political sign of any candidate.

The time frame for the offense commences 45 days before an election and extends seven days beyond the election.

The current Kingman city election cycle includes the March 9 primary and a general election May 18.

The offense is classified as criminal damage and during that time frame carries the Class 2 misdemeanor penalty of four months in jail or a $750 fine.

The penalties do not apply to a candidate, authorized agent or owner of the property where that candidate's sign is placed, or if the sign is placed in violation of a city ordinance.