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Strickland campaign sign stolen

Candidate may file police report

Student body presidential candidate James Strickland’s campaign banner was stolen from Greene Street sometime between Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon.

“We had a replacement, thank goodness, and that is currently hanging,” Strickland said. “I’m somewhat surprised and disappointed.”

Strickland said his campaign was working on filing a police report.  He informed the Elections Commission of the theft, and the value of the banner won’t be counted toward his campaign’s spending total. Candidates are only allowed to spend $1,000 each year.

“I have absolutely no idea why anyone would want to do this, and I have no suspects,” Strickland said. “I don’t think that it will have a significant effect on our campaign. We’re just going to keep on rolling with the punches.”

Theft and defacement of campaign banners have long been a mainstay of Student Government elections.

Student body president Patrick Olson’s banner was stolen last year.  Two years ago, “weiner” was plastered across Alex Stroman’s forehead by an unknown vandal.


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