Political FYI

Two had peace signs painted on them. One had red paint splashed on it. Another was removed altogether.

For the past month, Cecil Chapman has had large campaign signs for President Bush at the corner of Mukilteo Speedway and Harbour Pointe Boulevard.

Chapman, a Bush campaign volunteer, said other signs he’s put up also have been stolen.

“This is the worst I’ve ever seen it,” said Chapman, 67, a Mukilteo resident who has been volunteering for Republican campaigns for 10 years.

Chapman said he knows of one other large Bush campaign sign off I-405 east of Lynnwood that was partly torched, with the culprit leaving behind a gas can and a burned patch of grass.

The Kerry campaign has had signs disappear as well, local spokeswoman Kirstin Brost said. “It happens all the time,” she said. “It’s rude, and it’s unfortunate.”

Placement of campaign signs on a public right-of-way is legal in unincorporated Snohomish County, subject to some restrictions. Laws vary among cities in the county.

Stealing or vandalizing campaign signs in the county is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.

Camano Demos discuss Wild Sky

The election campaigns and the effort to create a Wild Sky Wilderness Area top a joint meeting this week of the Camano Island Democratic Club and Island County Democratic Central Precinct Committee officers.

Candidates for local offices are expected to attend the meeting, at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Camaloch Golf Chalet in the golf course development off Camaloch Drive.

For more information, call 360-387-8255 or 360-387-7146.

Haugen launches re-election bid

Incumbent Democratic state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen plans three events Monday to formally start her 10th District re-election campaign.

Haugen is seeking a fourth four-year term in the Senate. Her district serves Island County and parts of Snohomish and Skagit counties. Republican April Axthelm, a former Mount Vernon City Council member, will oppose Haugen in November.

Haugen’s first event on Monday will be at 9:30 a.m. at Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd in Snohomish County.

She will then travel to the Rexville Grocery near La Conner for a noon event. The grocery is at 19271 Best Road in Skagit County.

Her final event will be at 4 p.m. in the Coupeville Recreation Center, 901 NW Alexander St. in Island County.

Monday’s events will include participation by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 191, State Patrol representatives and local officials.

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