Battle over campaign sign removal in El Cajon continues
Candidate Ben Kalasho says his signs vandalized
Last Updated: 437 days ago
EL CAJON, Calif. -
A battle of dirty politics continues to brew in El Cajon over disappearing campaign signs.
El Cajon City Councilmember Bill Wells spoke with 10News on Thursday, saying he had nothing to do with it.
"I've heard about it," said Wells. "I've seen it. I've always crossed my fingers and I hoped I would not be involved, but here I am."
Wells said he has unwillingly found himself in the middle of dirty politics over the removal of campaign signs in the city of El Cajon.
He said he is not involved.
"I was getting more and more concerned because obviously I had nothing to do with any of that," Wells said.
It is a game of "he said, she saw."
One El Cajon City Council candidate claims his signs were being taken down by another.
"I don't have time to be the sign babysitter or the sign police," said Ben Kalasho, a candidate for El Cajon City Council. "All I can tell you is that my signs were stolen. My signs were defaced."
Two weeks ago, Kalasho told 10News that his signs were being vandalized. He said half a dozen of his signs mysteriously ended up in a fast food restaurant's trash can and the spots where the Kalasho signs were posted were replaced by signs belonging to Wells, the incumbent.
"I was not there and I did not see anything," said Kalasho. "I was walking door-to-door."
When asked why he was under the impression that Wells had something to do with it, Kalasho said he got a call from his campaign manager claiming a Kalasho supporter witnessed him removing the signs.
"I said, 'You got to be kidding me,'" said Kalasho, who was referring to his conversation with his campaign manager. "I said, 'This is a joke. It has to be a joke because who does that nowadays?'"
Wells said it is not him. When asked if he pulled down any of the signs, Wells responded, "I did not. I never have touched anybody's sign and never would. It would just be a foolish thing for me to do."
Both candidates agreed that they would like to move on from this issue.
"It's just really simple. You get out there, you give your message," said Wells.
Kalasho added, "This is our community. We all need to work together."
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