Damaged signs disappointing to candidate

Winkler city council candidate Don Cruickshank has had signs stolen and damaged. He said that just makes him more determined.

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Winkler city council candidate Don Cruickshank has had signs stolen and damaged. He said that just makes him more determined.

Winkler city council candidate Don Cruickshank knows recent vandalism to his campaign signs does not reflect the community.
But despite getting great reception while door knocking in Winkler, he has seen damage to his campaign signs.
“I was the first person to get my signs out there,” Cruickshank explained. “For about a week and a half everything was fine. I would have to go and adjust a few from the wind but they weren’t missing.”
Then Cruickshank noticed a disturbing trend.
“I found one in a ditch, I found one in a dumpster, I found one ripped in half, one driven over and apparently one’s in Schanzenfeld,” he said.
For Cruickshank this has made him more determined to get his name out there. “I have a competitive attitude,” he said. “As much as I don’t like this and it would be better if the signs weren’t destroyed, it only makes me want to work harder, get out there, knock on more doors.”
Cruickshank isn’t sure what would motivate the vandalism, and said he’d love to engage those who may have taken part.
“When signs go missing or are ripped or vandalized your voice isn’t being heard, so there’s certainly civil ways we can have a productive discussion and I’d invite people to do that,” he said.
“I’m really excited to be running for city council here in Winkler, and for those that have a different voice or view than me, I’d just invite you into a civil, productive and respectful conversation.”
Cruickshank said the community of Winkler has been fantastic to campaign in.
“I’ve knocked on over 2,000 doors for sure and the response has been amazing,” he said. Cruickshank said while door knocking he’s been offered a fresh baked biscuit, homegrown watermelon and even ended up borrowing a jacket after the man who answered the door insisted he take it on a colder night while he was door knocking.
“The response at the door has been fabulous,” he said.
Winkler Police say they haven’t had any complaints about signs being damaged or stolen, but said charges such as Mischief or Theft under $5000 could be laid if someone was caught in those activities.

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