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Delaware Senate Candidate Says Campaign Signs Vandalized in Kent County

Posted: Aug 09, 2018 5:39 PM Updated:

DOVER, Del. --- Donyale Hall, a Republican candidate for Delaware's 17th Senate District, said on Thursday several of her signs were vandalized with black spray paint overnight.

Hall's face was covered by black spray paint on each of the signs and her name was also altered on some of the signs. One of the vandalized signs hung on the back of Hall's home in Dover.

Although Hall did not point the finger at other candidates running for the state Senate seat, she did say the vandalism appeared to be targeted at her specifically.

"I believe it is personal. I mean --- it's my face! It has to be nothing other than personal...In these groups of signs all up and down these roads, mine are the ones that are falling prey to it," she said.

Wyoming Police Lt. Chuck Groce said an town officer may have caught the vandal in the act about 12:40 a.m. Thursday, though the person got away while fleeing through backyards.

Groce said the person whom police may have been the vandal was roughly 18 years old and confronted in the area of New Layton Road and Old North Road, where Hall's nephew lives. One of Hall's signs is outside that home and was among the vandalized ones discovered Thursday.

"As Americans, we believe we should do things the proper way. This is not the proper way," said Hall's nephew, Jeremiah Millner.

Camden Mayor Justin King, a Republican who is running against Hall in the Sept. 6 primary for the 17th Senate District, denied any connection from himself or his campaign in the vandalism to Hall's signs.

King said a number of his own campaign signs have been stolen or spray painted and believes the damage to Hall's signs may have simply been an act of random vandalism --- not a personal attack against Hall.

"I would believe and suspect that it is, probably some kids who have nothing better to do with their time," he said.

King said anyone caught defacing a candidate's sign should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

State Rep. Trey Paradee (D-Dover), a Democrat who will face either King or Hall in November's general election for the 17th Senate District, also denied he or his campaign had anything to do with the overnight vandalism.

The race for the 17th Senate District is viewed by many politicians in Delaware to be a critical one as it could decide whether Democrats or Republicans will hold the majority in the Senate.

Republicans have not held a majority in the chamber in decades.

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