Candidates report campaign signs missing

Some Clare County Candidates have been losing their signs.

Most report only a few missing, but Clare County Sheriff candidate Rick Miller says he has lost $1,000 worth of campaign signs in Harrison.

Miller said signs he and committee members put up in Harrison and on Fairlane were gone four days later. “I purchased over 500 signs, both yard signs with wire stakes and several four by six canvas signs. When we went back, not a one was left except one under Haskill’s Tires.” He said the small signs cost $5 each and the large canvas ones cost over $100 each. “My biggest problems [with signs being taken] were in the City of Harrison, Hayes and Frost Township.” He said most of the signs he placed in the southern half of the county were still there.

Miller said he did report the problem to Sheriff John Wilson, his former boss and, if he is successful in the Primary Election, his possible opponent in November. He told me, “Welcome to politics,” Miller said.

Miller’s opponent in the Republican Primary, Mark McClellen, said he had only lost ten to 15 signs, on Bringold from M-61 south and in Lake George, Lincoln and Freeman Townships. “I’m not putting too many out anymore,” he said.

Wilson, a Democrat running for re-election as Clare County Sheriff, is unopposed in the August Primary. He said “I have lost a few signs throughout the county and have had a few vandalized as well.”

Marci Klaus, a candidate for the position of 17th District Judge of Probate Court (Probate/Family Court), said she had only lost a “handful” of campaign signs. “When you have signs, you anticipate they may be taken,” she said. “Most candidates order a few extra as replacements in the event of wind, rain or sun damage, and hope that vandalism doesn’t result in a loss of signs,” she said. “My signs that were lost were on Schoolcrest and Park Street in Clare.”