Baldwinsville After losing literally dozens of their political campaign signs to theft and vandalism, the candidates of Lysander First report that the local police are now seeking a suspect in the alleged crimes.
“We have provided the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department with a significant amount of photographic and fingerprint evidence from the crime scenes and they are optimistic about finding a suspect soon,” Campaign Manager Dan Neer said adding in the past month alone, 120 lawn signs ($8 each) have been stolen and 22 large signs ($75 each) have been destroyed.
The latest attack occurred sometime late last Thursday night in a field adjacent to the Reeves Farms stand on Route 370 west of Baldwinsville in the town of Lysander. This particular sign located on Reeves property, a target of multiple previous attacks, was spray-painted with a red circle and diagonal line running through it.
Andy Reeves, a candidate for Lysander town councilor, is especially disturbed because the latest attack occurred on property belonging to his own family, which owns and operates Reeves Farms. A Republican, Reeves is running on the same ticket with Lysander First supervisor candidate, John Salisbury and councilor candidate, Melinda Shimer, both Democrats. All three have the endorsement of the Lysander Democratic Party, and Salisbury and Reeves received the Conservative party endorsement as well.
“Since day one, all we ever wanted was a level playing field,” said Reeves. “We have the dedication and passion, but not the deep pockets of the Lysander Republican Committee.”