Mounties and Mayor McLean urge respect to campaign signs after two incidents

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
October 6, 2017 - 9:29am

Mounties are reminding the public to respect municipal elections candidates campaign signs ahead of the October 16 election after two reports of signs being damaged or removed. 

Drayton Valley RCMP say during the early morning hours of October 1 they were called after an individual saw a group of people pulling election signage out of the ground and tossing them around.

An officer attended the area and did locate a group of youths at a gas station. The group denied they participated in the reported incident, and agreed to help the officer put the signs back up. 

Later on that day around 5:30 p.m. police received a call that a male in a pickup truck was pulled over and was pulling candidates signs out of the ground. The caller took the license plate number, and eventually located the parents of the driver of the pickup. They apologized for their sons actions, and promised he would be out putting the signs back up. 

Police say it is a criminal offence to destroy, damage or steal election signs and could net you a mischief charge.

Drayton Valley Mayor Glenn McLean called the incidents a little distressing and encouraged respect for the signage that is up. He added that some candidates have helped other candidates replace their signs that were damaged, calling that a good sign and showed support for the democratic process. 

Three candidates are running for mayor, with Councillor Michael Doerksen and Councillor Brandy Fredrickson along with Cecile Shewfelt putting their names forward. Nine candidates are vying to serve on town council as well.

13 candidates are running for council positions on Brazeau County Council. 

The Municipal Election will be held on October 16.

Meet the candidate: Brandy Fredrickson

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