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Mayoral candidate complains of sign removal

WILMINGTON -- It wouldn't be campaign season without campaign signs, which inevitably spawn campaign controversy. One mayoral candidate says his campaign signs are being taken down unfairly, and he's taken his complaint to the district attorney. They're the political version of commercial advertising. Campaign signs designed to catch your attention - and sway your vote. "If you interfere with my campaign to cause me to lose, that's a big issue," said LaNasa. Wilmington city mayoral candidate Justin LaNasa was upset when he was told by property owners city workers were removing his signs from their private property. "My signs are being taken up illegally off private property at the command of higher-ups in the city," said LaNasa. LaNasa took his concerns to the city manager, the city attorney, and other public officials. LaNasa says all he got was the runaround. Now he's taking his complaint to New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David. "I would like him to press this matter with the state, doing a state investigation on certain individuals in the city who aren't doing their job," said LaNasa. "I think anyone who's running for mayor should understand the rules of the campaign," said Jim Quinn. Wilmington Councilman Jim Quinn has no sympathy for LaNasa. He doubts the city would take down signs arbitrarily, and says candidates need to know the rules of where signs can and cannot be placed. Quinn says as a candidate for mayor, LaNasa should have more important things to worry about, and should stop wasting city resources. "In the big picture of things, I don't think anybody ever got elected because they had signs or didn't have signs." LaNasa is not the only one with sign troubles. Rumors have been flying about Mayor Bill Saffo's signs not complying with size restrictions. The rules say a candidate's sign cannot be more than 12 square feet. But after measuring Saffo's sign, we found it only measures 10 square feet, putting him within the allowed size limit. Former Mayor Harper Peterson is also running this year. Election day is October 9.

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