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Published: Thursday, 7/20/2006

Monroe commissioner candidate victim of sign thieves

TEMPERANCE - About 140 political signs are missing in Bedford Township.

The signs, advertising Monroe County Commissioner James Goebel's bid for re-election, were taken between 1 and 3 a.m. Sunday, according to a Michigan State Police report.

"You are always going to have kids, and lose a few signs, but this was a premeditated attempt to silence and intimidate me," Mr. Goebel said.

"This just isn't stealing cardboard signs; this involves freedom of political expression," Mr. Goebel said.

"People have a right to put their political opinion out there," he said.

Signs were stolen along Jackman, Lewis, Sterns, Smith, Dean, Temperance, Erie, and Samaria roads, in addition to within the subdivision on Ashland, Birchwood, Oak Mount, and Mapleway drives.

Mr. Goebel's opponent in the District 8 county commissioner race in the Aug. 8 primary is Connie Velliquette, also a Democrat and Temperance resident.

Including sales tax, $443.49 worth of signs were stolen, according to the police report.

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