October 10, 2005
The election is about a month away and campaign signs for the District 5 commission race are being knocked down and vandalized. Both candidates think they know what is happening. News 12 is on your side to explain what both sides have to say.
“Some of them they will just come along and rip down, I’ve seen some they just tore up,” Bobby Hankerson said.
Commissioner Bobby Hankerson says he’s had enough. At night, he and his staff have been putting up campaign signs, and each morning he says he finds them all torn down.
“We’re not blind or dumb to the face that it’s an organized effort,” Hankerson said.
He says he hasn’t personally seen anyone tear down his signs, but he believes he knows exactly who’s responsible.
“Who else would think they would profit from it or get us off base. No one else has a reason to just target Hankerson signs,” Hankerson said.
He’s talking about his opponent Calvin Holland. He says it’s obvious because all of his signs are down, but his opponent’s signs are still standing.
“I expected they would probably have some kind of tricks and doing some things like this,” Hankerson said.
Hankerson says he’s concerned because those involved are going have torn down signs in his subdivision and at his campaign headquarters on Gordon Highway.
“If this is an example of what we gonna get on commission, we definitely don’t need any corrupt minds on commission or anybody with this kind of attitude,” Hankerson said.
“I’m not going to get into a verbal confrontation with him in reference to signs,” Holland said.
But when we spoke with his opponent Calvin Holland, he says he can’t believe he’s being accused.
“Signs cost a lot of money and definitely we would not go out and tamper with anyone’s signs,” Holland said. “I’m not gonna make an allegation toward anyone unless I have concrete proof.”
Holland says he understands Hankerson’s concern, but says it’s all a part of campaigning.
“There’s been one subdivision where we’ve found our signs thrown across the fence, but we didn’t complain, we just went back and put the signs back up,” Holland said.
But commissioner Hankerson says there’s nothing he can do about the past, but he says he will keep a close eye to make sure it doesn’t happy again. And for Holland, he says he’ll keep his focus on the race.
“They are going to get caught, just wait and see, I wonder why everybody’s picking on me,” Hankerson said.
“The people of Richmond County are ready for a new beginning. They are ready for new leadership and you’re not going to get it by focusing on signs,” Holland said.