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$100 offered for info on downed signs

Campaign signs are a quick, easy way to remind residents who is running for what during the election season. They are also easy targets for vandals with political mischief in mind.

This year is no different, and as candidates and their committee members put up the eye-catching signs, there are some residents just as ready to take them down or vandalize them.

Olivia Diaz, a candidate in the Nevada County Board of Supervisors District 1 race, has offered a $100 reward for information about who has been “methodically” messing with her signs in the Nevada City-based district. She said several dozen signs were taken or destroyed last week around the Cascade Shores neighborhood, including a sign she had in front of her own home. Some of the signs were reported to be found in a nearby store parking lot.

Her opponent for the board seat, Nate Beason, said he has also been a victim of sign theft. He said he has no idea who could have been vandalizing either his signs or his opponents. “It is hard to say,” he said.

Judi Stewart, an incumbent candidate for the Washington County Water District Board for the town of Washington, is also missing a sign, which is significant because she only has one. Stewart is running with Debbie Shipley as a team for the two open seats and the two put up the one banner-type sign on Saturday evening.

“It was gone Sunday morning; somebody had climbed the tree and cut it down,” Stewart said.

“I believe it was somebody who is opposed to us,” she said.

The town’s water board has dealt with several contentious issues in the past year, the most significant being the decision to fire the chief of Washington’s volunteer fire department.

The other candidates for the two spots on the board are Robert Thomas Hoskins, Lisa Redmon and Phillip Copening.

The theft of campaign signs can qualify as grand theft if the amount stolen exceeds $400. Those caught would be prosecuted under a special section of the penal code designed for campaign-related crimes, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

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