By Kyle Lovern
In 1974 there was a one hit wonder titled “Signs,” a song by the Five Man Electrical Band. Part of the chorus reads “sign, sign – everywhere a sign.”
That is the case along most roadways in Mingo County, with political signs erected along every road, in people’s yards, on buildings, trees and on utility poles.
However, a second candidate has come forward to the Williamson Daily News to complain about his signs allegedly being stolen. Incumbent House of Delegate member Justin Marcum (D-Mingo) said he received a call from another candidate saying that two candidates were stealing his and Marcum’s signs on Chattaroy Hollow this past weekend.
Marcum drove down that particular road and said he saw the two (who the WDN will not name) removing his signs while they were putting theirs out.
Marcum is the second candidate to make this type of report. Don Stevens, a candidate for the non-partisan magistrate race, said that he has had several of his campaign signs stolen. Stevens has offered a $100 reward for the arrest and conviction of anyone stealing his signs.
Marcum is also offering a $100 reward. The sitting delegate has filed an official complaint with the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD).
Steven’s said he notified the Secretary of State’s office and Marcum plans to do the same.
It’s important to note that stealing or tampering with campaign yard signs is illegal in all 50 states. For the most part they are incorporating theft and vandalism laws.
If anyone has information about the theft of poltical signs they may contact the MCSD office at 304-235-0300.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)