LETTER: Someone destroyed 12 Lois Schipper for State Senate campaign signs


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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]

Dear Editor:

As happened last week in Burien with “Black Lives Matter” signs, recently someone destroyed 12 Lois Schipper for State Senate campaign sandwich boards that were placed around Burien. As her husband, and a member of her campaign team, we use these sandwich boards because they are legal in Burien and can be easily moved to different locations. After the campaign, we plan to donate them to a local Boy Scout troop to promote their annual Christmas Tree Recycle.

As the two photos show, someone cut the Lois Schipper signs in half, then cut the sandwich boards so that they are not usable. This person also destroyed about a dozen traditional yard signs. This resulted in over $800 in damage to Lois’s grassroots campaign. We have filed a police report with the Burien Police.

As a Scoutmaster of a local scout troop, I would like to invite the person doing this damage to come speak at a Boy Scout troop meeting and explain to our scouts why you think it is acceptable for an adult to damage other people’s property. It would be interesting to see how our scouts would respond to whatever justification you use. My email is listed below, if you have the courage to come explain your actions. Your mean-spirited action is against Lois’s right to free speech and is illegal in Burien. Each act, when convicted, allows up to 30 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.

I realize that campaign season can be complex for some, but no one has the right to destroy other people’s property. If you see someone destroying any signs in a yard, or for any candidate, take a picture and help us hold them accountable. Thanks to The B-Town Blog for allowing us to share this information.

Mark Ufkes, (Proud husband of Lois Schipper; who will be a great State Senator!)
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