Campaign signs being vandalized and stolen in Flagstaff


by Steve Bodinet

Posted on February 8, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 8 at 8:41 AM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Two Flagstaff mayoral candidates and one City Council hopeful are spending time and money replacing damaged and stolen campaign signs.

"I've had about six signs that have gone missing and I've had one in the downtown area that was clearly kicked and bent in half," Jeff Oravits said.

The seige on his signs is taking away from the message he's trying to give to voters as he runs for a Flagstaff City Council seat.

"It's concerning that someone would go around and take these signs down and damage them when we're just trying to voice our concerns and get our message out there,"  he added.

"The signs were cut off the sides so they dropped off the stakes and then they were cut some more," said mayoral candidate Jerry Nabours, who has had seven signs damaged or stolen.

"Each one costs about $30 and it's time-consuming to put them up and replace them," he said.

Nabours isn't sure who is carrying out the campaign to destroy campaign signs.

"You know I try to not be paranoid and think it's aimed at me in particular," he said.

That doesn't seem to be the case as Paul Kulpinski, who is also running for Flagstaff mayor, has also had signs attacked in the past week. With the primary approaching, Nabours and Oravits have put up $250 each as a reward for information on who is destroying their campaign signs.

If you have any information, call 928-522-9182.