It’s been a rough campaign so far for State Senate candidate Al Melvin, but not because he’s fielded too many tough questions from citizens and reporters.
The Republican has had many of his campaign signs stolen and damaged in the last couple of months. Most recently, the candidate had five signs stolen from the intersections of La Cañada Drive and Ina Road, La Cholla Boulevard and Ina, La Cholla and Magee Road and Oracle Road and Ina.
Though many other candidates had posted signs at those intersections, according to police reports, only Melvin’s went missing between Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13.
The candidate valued each of his signs at $20.
A month earlier, Melvin filed a police report about damage to one of his signs on the northeast corner Innovation Park Drive and Rancho Vistoso Boulevard in Oro Valley.
Other candidates’ signs got damaged Monday, June 16, as well.
The SaddleBrooke resident, who will challenge state Rep. Pete Hershberger for the senate seat in Legislative District 26 in the GOP primary Sept. 2, filed police reports for each incident in Pima County and Oro Valley.
Thus far, police have not made any arrests in the cases.