The latest theft of "Cindy Hill" campaign signs happened just Saturday morning when a volunteer forgot some tools. (Source: CBS 5 News)
"A total of 11 were stolen," said Rep. John Kavanagh, the incumbent running for re-election in LD-23. (Source: CBS 5 News)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (CBS5) -
Scottsdale City Council candidate Cindy Hill shouldn't have any hardcore political enemies just yet.
"This is my first time running," Hill said.
She says she jumped into the City Council race with her sights set on controversial issues.
"People who had promised that public safety would be a priority in their campaigns, none of them brought that as a priority for the next year," Hill explained.
Her decision to join the crowded field of people running meant grueling grunt work. Her campaign has put up 60 signs around the southern portion of Scottsdale so far.
"It took over 10 hours for us to do the signs that we've put up so far," she added.
And it only took two days for someone to swipe four of her signs, which go for $17 a pop.
"To already have my signs stolen is kind of heartbreaking," Cindy said.
The latest theft of "Cindy Hill" campaign signs happened just Saturday morning when a volunteer forgot some tools.
"He came back to get his hammer, and both his hammer and my sign were gone within that very short period of time," according to Hill, who says it happened in less than an hour.
In some cases, stealing a campaign sign is considered a felony in the state of Arizona. If the culprits takes it from private property they could be charged with theft and trespassing. But then there are also election laws that are broken. They could face four months in jail, a $750 fine or both.
"A total of 11 were stolen," said Rep. John Kavanagh, the incumbent running for re-election in LD-23.
He can barely keep up in replacing signs he just posted last weekend in Scottsdale.
"It gives others unfair advantage when others are silenced by censorship or the removal of the signs," Kavanagh said.
But it's more than that. The impact of someone stealing signs in Scottsdale is far-reaching, he says.
"They're stealing the candidates' first amendment right to free speech," Kavanagh alleges. "And they might even be influencing the outcome of an election, and that strikes at the very foundation of our democracy."
Kavanagh is offering a $500 reward for information on who stole his signs. Anyone with information can also call Scottsdale police.
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