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Local campaigns working to crack down on sign vandals

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TUCSON (KVOA) - With November's election right around the corner, local law enforcement and political campaign organizers are working hard to crack down on individuals who vandalize campaign signs.

Consuelo Hernandez and Adelita Grijalva are running against each other for a seat on the Pima County Board of Supervisors. They both say they are fighting the same battle.

"We basically have some vandalism on our signs," Grijalva said. "They are disappearing and they are being destroyed."

"We have heard it all," Hernandez said. "Actually, we thought we have seen it all and then we saw they burned one of our signs."

From campaigns ranging from county, city, state and national, each election cycle, politicians battle to prevent their campaign signs from being vandalized.

Grijalva said she shouldn't have to worry about this.

"About 50 percent of my signs are already gone," Grijalva said. "It's only been three weeks."

Hernandez said one sign can cost as much as 23 dollars.

"The signs add up," Hernandez said.

James Allerton, Public Information Officer for the Pima County Sherriff's Department, said damaging any political sign in Arizona is illegal. The offense is classified as a misdemeanor.

"You can see jail time or a fine if you do this," Allerton said.

Austin Walker

Austin is a Reporter at KVOA News 4 Tucson. He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in May of 2020.

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