Local Politics

Candidate offers reward for missing campaign signs

Posted September 29, 2008

— Stan Morse is going on the offensive in his race for a seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives. Morse, a candidate in the 40th District, representing northern Wake County, has placed some unusual campaign ads in the local newspaper.

Readers will find Morse's ad in the classified section, next to ads for junk cars and lost cats. Morse is offering a reward for yard signs he claims are being stolen and destroyed.

"I'd love to find out who's doing it and ask them why," Morse said. He's is offering $300 for information about who might be stealing his signs.

"It's kind of been heartbreaking to see so many of them disappear every day," he said.

His opponent in the race, Marilyn Avila, says some sign damage is to be expected. She said campaign signs, especially those placed along busy roads or highways, are likely to get damaged or disappear.

"It's something you accept," Avila said. "It's something you realize when you place the signs there."

Avila said signs placed on public property might be removed by work crews who don't think twice about it.

Morse said it's happening too often for that to be a legitimate explanation. He claims to have lost almost 100 signs -- more than a quarter of the total he produced.

Morse said he doesn't plan to file any charges, but just wants his signs left alone.

"I can understand there's some people out there who would never vote for me, but there's no reason to destroy my signs," Morse said.


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  • pippa Sep 30, 2008

    This is so dumb. Him doing this makes me think he is a cheap whiner and the fact that his signs are trashing up NW Raleigh EVERYWHERE is now not the only reason I won't vote for him.

  • washed ashore Sep 30, 2008

    Doesn't matter which party it is...the signs shouldn't be stolen. I don't particularly like them littering up intersections either but stealing is stealing. It is somewhat dangerous to place signs on personal property these days...a girl got her car keyed with a McCain sticker on it. That's just plain sorry...says a lot about the democrat that did it.

  • Handle With Care Sep 30, 2008

    While my daughter and I were riding our bikes the other day, I saw what appeared to be two teenagers take a sign off someone's property and carry it away. Too bad McCain wasn't offering a reward.

  • ContinuityMan Sep 30, 2008

    Interesting that there is no mention of either candidate's political party. Why not?

  • LibertarianTechie Sep 30, 2008

    DontBelieveTheHype, I am the same way. If it is found out that someone is in fact targeting his signs, I would want to press charges. And if he lost the election, I can smell a lawsuit coming.

  • CaryCrazzy Sep 30, 2008

    The other day I was driving early in the morning and noticed that the Town of Cary crew were removing signs from the side of the road, the signs did not even last 1/2 a day.

  • momof2 Sep 30, 2008

    Sidekick--in the City of Raleigh, they are not legal unless a special permit has been issued. No, they shouldn't be stolen. That is illegal also. However, if the Inspections department is doing their job, perhaps they have them.

  • DontBelieveTheHype Sep 30, 2008

    SIGNS = LITTER. I don't vote for someone based on the number or placement of signs. I vote for someone based on their platform.

  • Sidekick Sep 30, 2008

    One more thing, if the state has a mowing schedule that mows the sholders of the roadway, the signs can be removed by the mowers. That is why I place our signs on the side of the ditch away from the sholder, so I know it is not the mowers.

  • Sidekick Sep 30, 2008

    Political signs are LEGAL per legistation that made them so. You can place a sign 30 days (this year 60 due to the primaries) before the general election. They must be removed within 30 days. If you see a sign that hasn't been removed, then complain about that. Not about legally placed signs. And besides, it costs the candidate a lot of money for the signs and it is their property. NO ONE has the right to steal them!!