We expect candidates during election season to battle it out and debate the issues. But in one Chemung County town, three candidates can agree on at least one thing. Someone is stealing their election signs. And, as YNN's Katie Husband tells us, the candidates say it goes way beyond just having their feelings hurt.
BIG FLATS, N.Y. -- Driving down the road in the Town of Big Flats, it's hard to miss those colorful, campaign signs. But in some areas, a few candidates for town council and supervisor have seen their signs disappear.
"One minute they see a sign in a person's yard, the next day they don't, so they call me up and they're like, 'why are you pulling out? What's going on?' And so obviously now people are thinking I'm not running anymore and other candidates as well," said Andrew Gillette, town council candidate.
Andrew Gillette stands with Ed Fairbrother and Lee Giammichele when they say, for the last month and a half, their signs have been either stolen or run over.
"You've taken my right as a candidate away from me, you've taken the right of a person who had that sign right to support me and, you know, that's under the constitution," said Ed Fairbrother, town supervisor candidate.
Both Gillette and Fairbrother are offering the general public a $500 reward for anyone who has information regarding the disappearance of their signs. However, Giammichele feels it's not necessary to take any sort of action, such as calling the police.
"It's just driving me more to succeed and win this race. If it comes down to signs to win a race, I just find that to be pathetic," said Lee Giammichele, town council candidate.
Gillette and Fairbrother say they have lost at least 40 signs, which adds up.
"I and Andy and Ed have put, out of our own pockets to run for Big Flats and to have something like this happen it's just, it is pretty discouraging," said Giammichele.
"They're very expensive and they invaded my privacy by coming on my property and taking them off my car," said Fairbrother.
"One thing that you see everyday going down the streets are the campaign signs and so they are really important to let the people know who is running," said Gillette.
The September primary election is just weeks away and each candidate hopes they'll have enough signs to last them until then.