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Election sign set on fire in Ohio County

Updated: Monday, April 28 2014, 05:23 PM EDT

By:Crissy Clutter and NEWS9


A candidate running for Ohio County's Board of Education says his signs have been lit on fire at least four times.

Tim Birch says he doesn't understand why only his sign is being damaged.

"I must have apparently really upset someone, but I don't know how or why," Birch said.

The sign is located along Rock Point Road, but several other candidate signs are there as well.

Birch also works for the city and says a co-worker initially told him about the vandalism.

He said the sign, located on Rock Point Road, has also been kicked over.

"It's real crazy because the other candidates signs look like they're brand new, but my poor thing has gone through the ringer," said Birch.

Birch said he will not replace the sign because they are expensive and he worries it could happen again.

"This is the first time I have run for office and I imagine this is one of those things that happens when you're involved in an election," said Birch.

Police say it is against the law to damage political signs.

However, officials said it's often hard to make any arrests unless you catch the criminal in the act.

Voters will elect three members to the school board on May 13. Sam Andy, Shane Mallett, Christine Carder, David Delk, Alex Coogan and James Jorden are also running for Ohio County BOE.

Election sign set on fire in Ohio County

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