Candidates weary of sign theft, vandalism
Joy Brotherton: It's hard not to take it personally
The complaints about missing and defaced political signs are starting as more and more of the colorful advertisements sprout up around town.
Ted Roper and Curtis Cutshaw, two candidates for the District 4 Supervisor's seat, said they've had at least nine signs stolen from each of their campaigns.
Cutshaw estimated that it cost him about $20 to $30 to replace his signs.
Joy Brotherton, another District 4 supervisor candidate, said several of her signs were defaced with markers. Vandals scribbled pentagrams and "666," blacked out a tooth in her photo and cut out her eyes on one billboard.
Brotherton estimated it cost her about $30 for each small sign she had to replace and about $150 to put up the billboard.
"It's hard not to take it personally," she said.
According to Arizona Revised Statutes, it is a class 2 misdemeanor for anyone other than a candidate or a private property owner to "remove, alter, deface, or cover" any political or candidate signs forty-five days before a primary election and seven days after a general election.
Some candidates have raised concerns that their opponents have jumped the gun in putting up their signs.
According to city of Kingman and Mohave County zoning ordinances, campaign signs can be put up no earlier than 60 days before a election and must be taken down 15 days after an election. In the case of a primary election, candidates that are moving on to the general election can leave their signs up after the primary, but they must be taken down 15 days after the general election.
Brotherton and Cutshaw said they both received letters from the city of Kingman's Zoning Department, which said that signs that were placed on private property were exempt.
City Development Services Director Gary Jeppson confirmed that a letter was sent out to candidates and that signs on private property were exempt from the ordinance.