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Campaign sign vandalism hits West Richland

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash.—Every campaign season candidates post political signs but many are taken down before all of the votes are in.  One West Richland candidate found his sign vandalized and says it may be because he is a veteran.

27-year-old Ron Hayden saw his sign damaged near Harrington Road and Twin Bridges Road in West Richland after driving home from work.

"I noticed it right away. I mean you can't miss it. It was left there," says Ron Harden, City Council Candidate.

The city council candidate says his actual campaign sign was gone, the posts that were holding it up were placed into a cross and the words ‘U.S. Veteran' were lying beneath.

"I was actually kind of sick to my stomach because this is my first campaign and first time something like this has ever happened to me," says Hayden.

Hayden is a two-time Iraq combat veteran and a five-year law enforcement officer.

"My public service record speaks for itself.  Unfortunately someone may not see it that way," says Hayden.

He says the sign cost him about $50 out of his own pocket, and he doesn't have the funds to create a new one.  He only has four throughout West Richland. 

"I only put the sign out there on Sunday, so it had only been out there two and half maybe three days," says Hayden.

Hayden doesn't know who vandalized his sign, but he isn't angry. He hopes it was just a random act of vandalism.

West Richland Police say this is the only sign that has been vandalized this year.  So far they have no suspects.

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