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Kent County Republican Candidate Rattled By Vandalism to Sign

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DOVER, Del. -- A Republican candidate for Kent County's Levy Court said she was rattled after a vandal cut out the eyes from her picture on a campaign sign near Cheswold.


Charlotte Middleton, who is running against Democratic Incumbent P. Brooks Banta for the Levy Court's first district, said a sign with her picture on it was ripped off of its sign posts last week at the intersection of Seeneytown and Seven Hickories roads and the eyes were removed, an act she considered a personal attack against her.


“You just don't know what can happen once you put yourself out there running for an election,” she said. “You don't know when things are going to end.”
Middleton, who lives in the Smyrna area, said she's installing an alarm system at her residence and plans to get cameras. She remains shocked about the damage to her sign, saying she wonders if it was motivated because of the fact that she is a woman and African American.


“It floored me. I was very upset. I was tearful. I cried for almost two days,” she said.


Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale, a spokesman for Delaware State Police, said the agency was investigating the damage to Middleton's sign, though no suspects had been identified.


Hank McCann, chairman of the Delaware State Republican Committee's Kent County chapter, said damage or vandalism to signs does happen during campaigns, but the vandalism to Middleton's sign was especially unusual.


“There's always a little going back and forth, people moving signs and so forth, but I've never seen anyone cut eyes out of a sign before,” he said.


Banta told WBOC he had no connection to what happened but said it was unconscionable that someone would deface another person's property.


Middletown said she hopes the person or people responsible for damaging her sign is held accountable for the damage.


“I took that as a personal confrontation to me, she said.”


 

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