Trump supporters offer reward for information leading to arrest of sign vandals

VANCOUVER — Supporters of presidential nominee Donald Trump in Clark County are reporting that the vandalism of campaign signs promoting their candidate has become so widespread that an anonymous donor has come forward to offer a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone damaging or stealing a Trump sign.

Supporters of presidential nominee Donald Trump report a higher-than-normal rate of vandalism to the candidate’s signs in the area. An anonymous donor has offered a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in a case involving the vandalism of a Trump campaign sign. Photo courtesy of Trump Clark County
Supporters of presidential nominee Donald Trump report a higher-than-normal rate of vandalism to the candidate’s signs in the area. An anonymous donor has offered a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in a case involving the vandalism of a Trump campaign sign. Photo courtesy of Trump Clark County

“They’re being stolen, being vandalized, being cut out with knives,’’ said Joel Mattila, chairman for Trump Clark County. “They’re being spray painted, demolished, and knocked over — basically any and all forms of vandalism.’’

 

Mattila said he had three Trump yard signs stolen from his own home.

 

“We have volunteers who go out and set these signs up,’’ Mattila said. “They work so hard and put in so many hours. It’s a whole process.’’

 

Mattila said his organization has placed literally hundreds of Trump signs around Clark County. He did not have an accurate count of how many had been stolen or vandalized, but he said the Trump Clark County sign chairman reported 30 of the large 4-foot, by 8-foot signs had been vandalized.

 

“It’s super frustrating and maddening,’’ said Mattila, who indicated there was very little police could do about the problem without catching the vandals in the act.

 

Candidates of all political affiliations and parties routinely report of vandalism to their signs during each election cycle. However, Mattila said the vandalism of Trump signs has “absolutely’’ been worse than anything he has experienced or heard of in the past.

 

Mattila said anyone with information about a vandalized Trump sign should email TrumpClarkCounty@gmail.com to provide information and inquire about the reward.

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Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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