PITTSFIELD -- Ward 1 City Councilor Christine Yon said Thursday that about 100 of her campaign lawn signs in the North Street area were destroyed recently, costing her $500 and forcing her to order more signs.
"They are not taking them; they're destroying them," the candidate for re-election said.
Yon said she contacted city police and learned they would investigate if she files a complaint, but she hadn't yet decided to do so.
"I don't think this is campaign-related," Yon said. "I really don't think my opponent [Lisa Tully] would stoop to that."
She said some signs were replaced three times and new signs were destroyed, and only in one section of Ward 1. Her supporters, especially those who had signs destroyed on their lawns, "are outraged" over the vandalism, Yon said.
"I'm sorry to hear that's happened," Tully said Thursday. "I know they cost a lot of money."
She added, "I don't think anybody I know would ever do anything like that. I don't even have a [campaign] committee. This is a political race. No one should be out to hurt anybody."
Tully said she hopes the person or persons involved are arrested.
The candidate said she hasn't had a similar problem with her signs, but she added that they are plastic and could be uprooted and thrown but not easily destroyed like cardboard signs.
Pittsfield Police Capt. John Mulllin said he checked police logs for the past 10 days and noticed no complaints involving political signs.
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