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Campaign Sign Vandalism Reported

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As the campaign signs go up around Northern Nevada so are reports of vandalism to them. And officials say it kind of comes with the territory.

"This happens every political season and it happens in every city. Reno is no different," says PIO for the Reno Police Department, Tim Broadway.

Jeanne Herman is a candidate for Washoe County Commission District #5. It's her first run for office and she says she's replaced her signs over and over again. "I have about 12 of them in my garage right now," Herman says. "They mark them up and I replace them. It's expensive but I guess it's part of the price of running for office."

And it can be expensive for those with the spray paint too, if they are caught. "It falls under the umbrella of graffiti and it's a misdemeanor," says Officer Broadway. "The bail in Washoe County is $1,500. But if the judge finds them guilty he can also impose on them the cost of replacing the signs and that's given to the candidate. So it's not cheap."

"And in Washoe County, it can also carry a fine of up to $1,000. And up to six months in jail, depending on the circumstances," says Washoe County PIO Bob Harmon.

They also say that the more sets of eyes out there watching can help put those with the spray paint out of business.

You can report such vandalism to Reno Police on their non-emergency line at (775) 334-COPS. In Washoe County you can call (775) 785-WCSO and you can also report it online at

Written by Erin Breen
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