Sometime between Saturday evening and Sunday morning, several election signs belonging to Marcus Felgenhauer landed in garbage bins on Fifth Street.
The Courtenay city council candidate feels somebody went out of their way to remove his placards because other candidates’ signs were mostly untouched.
“It wasn’t random vandalism,” said Felgenhauer, who had signs broken or tossed on the ground when he ran for council in the 2011 municipal election. “But in this case it was eight of my signs taken down from one end of Fifth Street up to the other.”
He re-erected six of the signs after being alerted to the situation.
Felgenhauer notes two signs belonging to fellow candidate Rebecca Lennox and one to Bob Wells were also trashed.
“They were not just vandalized, they were put in garbage cans all the way up the street. That’s not a random act by a 12-year-old or a drunken guy coming out of Billy D’s or something.”
He also notes signs belonging to mayoral candidate Jon Ambler had been turned around.
“The fact of the matter is it’s against the law to tamper with election signage,” Felgenhauer said. “We’re trying to engage the population in the election. Now it’s only three weeks every four years, not every three years. Give us a break.”