Kelowna City Council candidate Charlie Hodge is being targeted by sign thieves - yet again.
“I have lost 26 campaign signs in the last three days, including one large one stolen from my driveway,” a frustrated Hodge said Monday morning.
“I am a tad miffed, to say the least. The 26 missing do not include one large and two small ones near the University that were obviously put on taboo territory. Silly me I followed the crowd and put them up with other ones on the site.
“I am choked since this is the second straight campaign where I have had a significant number of signs stolen or vandalized,” Hodge explains. During the 2008 campaign Hodge had more than 40 signs disappear.
“I am going to offer $100 to anyone that can catch these folks in action.”
Hodge says he is not a huge sign fan however, saying, “they are pretty much a necessary evil in a municipal election in Kelowna. That is why I chose a small, narrow sign in design.”
Hodge adds that he would, “like to believe it is not personal and just random, however most of them have disappeared from amongst a myriad of other people’s campaign signs. A fellow candidate has very similar small signs, often in the same location, and he has not lost any - so it is not about sign size.
I can understand losing two or three to kids or silly adults, however 23 already with a week to go, is... sad.
“I was hoping this election would be different. If anyone finds a pile in a dumpster or in a ditch please let me know,” Hodge says.