BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — Some controversial signs in Boiling Spring Lakes have some folks very upset. The hand-written political signs calling Mayor Richard White a liar have some asking if this sort of political attack should even be allowed.
Natasha Yarolin is responsible for the signs that call White a liar. She says she just wants people to know the facts.
“All I’m doing is telling the truth,” she said. “I have not slandered him in any way. I have not said one thing about him that I cannot back up with documentation.”
But some people, like Eva Hayes and her daughter Tracy Kelley, find the signs distasteful and untrue. Kelley says when she removed a sign from private property, a BSL Police officer threatened to charge her with larceny. Hayes claims her daughter did nothing wrong.
“If they’re not on your own personal property then you have a right to remove a sign that is offensive,” Hayes said.
Yarolin said, “To my knowledge, I’ve followed all the laws, and if I haven’t, I welcome them to tell me which laws I’ve broken, and I’ll abide by them.”
BSL City Manager Paul Sabiston says as long as Yarolin did not place her signs on public property or right of ways, she did not break any laws.
“Certainly there is a long history of freedom of speech in this country, and we don’t really want to get into this issue,” Sabiston said. “We’re just trying to limit our responsibilities with just political signs at the right place at the right time.”
Yarolin says she will continue to put up her signs around Boiling Spring Lakes and hopes her message about White gets across to voters.
“He’s bullied people for years now, and I’m just showing that he’s not going to bully me,” Yarolin said. “I’m going to get the truth out there, and pretty much he’s going to get a dose of his own medicine, because they’ve tried intimidating me, and I’m not going away.”
Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Emmett Ballree says this kind of situation with candidate signs is common during elections.
We tried to talk with Mayor White, but he declined an interview.