Municipal Elections 2014  

Thieves target candidate signs

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.


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