Judicial Candidate’s Campaign Signs Repeatedly Vandalized
Judge Veronica Galvan’s signs slashed twice in two days
Des Moines – Campaign signs for Des Moines Municipal Court Judge Veronica Galvan were vandalized twice over the weekend. The signs, placed along Des Moines Memorial Drive, were cut off their stakes with a blade or sharp implement.
Galvan’s signs were initially vandalized sometime Friday evening. The culprit cut one side off each sign, so only half of each sign was left on the stake. A campaign volunteer replaced the damaged signs on Saturday. Then, on Saturday night, the signs were hit again. This time, both sides of the signs were cut off, leaving only the stakes.
Galvan noted that the manner in which the signs were taken down feels threatening. “This is more than a mere knocking down of signs,” said Judge Galvan. “Someone went to extra effort to send a message.”
Although a number of other candidates have signs on the stretch of Des Moines Memorial Drive where Galvan’s signs were vandalized, no other candidate’s signs were damaged.
The Galvan campaign has reported the vandalism to Des Moines Police.