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On campaign signs, sheriff calls for reason
October 23, 2012 - Chris Morris
Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting issued a press release today calling for voters to respect campaign signs.
"In this contentious election season emotions are high and loyalties run deep," Cutting said. "It is only natural to want our preferred candidates to succeed in their quest for office and to do all we can to help this outcome.
"The Essex County Sheriff’s Office has received calls and complaints concerning missing or defaced election signs," he said. "While we recognize your loyalty to your candidate, I do ask some semblance of reason in these tense times."
Cutting goes on to say that it's commendable for voters to support their candidate, but "destroying or removing signs is not the answer." He said it would be better for supporters to volunteer for a campaign.
"You can help with mailers, host a Meet and Greet, introduce your candidate to your family, friends and fellow community members and by doing so, accomplish much more than you would achieve by these potentially criminal acts," Cutting said. "Your best support comes on November 6th, Election Day when you have the opportunity to vote for your candidates. Please exercise your right, make your voice heard and encourage your friends and neighbors to vote as well."
"Please respect these public minded candidates," he concluded. "They have put themselves on a very hectic, expensive and arduous path to reaching their goal. Let us acknowledge their vision, respect their campaign and congratulate the winner after the election."
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