ELLSWORTH — With less than a month to go until the presidential election, campaign sign wars, so to speak, are in full swing.
Joasha Dundas of Franklin has placed around Ellsworth three custom-designed signs in support of her presidential candidate, Joe Biden.
Two of the three signs were stolen and one sign was vandalized — three times.
Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies have taken numerous complaints about missing signs in recent weeks, as have the Ellsworth Police.
“I’ve dealt with sign theft before, but this is the worst,” said Sandra Blanchette, chairwoman of the Hancock County GOP. “The first weekend in October they even slashed Ellsworth Garden Club signs.”
Ellsworth School Board candidates have also reported their signs were vandalized.
“I have heard from people who are frightened that vandals are walking right up on their property and stealing their signs,” said Blanchette. “Yesterday as I left my brother-in-law’s house, I passed the corner of High Street and Main Street going towards Washington Junction Road; every single Republican sign had been slashed. I was able to save a couple, but I had to pick up the rest. No Democrats’ signs were defaced. None. I know some of these vandals have attacked both Democratic and Republican signs.”
Blanchette said she thinks more signs for Republicans are being stolen than Democrats.
“A number of signs will be put up, and only the Democratic signs are there the next day,” Blanchette said. “In Brewer Saturday, my senator, Kimberley Rosen, found most of her signs were gone.”
Alfred Judd, chairman of the Hancock County Democratic Committee, said, “It’s frustrating to have your proudly displayed yard signs stolen or vandalized, but we’re doing our part to channel that anger into action by reaching out to as many voters as we can to elect Democrats up and down the ticket and make sure kindness, civility and compassion prevail this November.”