SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)– On Tuesday, Ward 8 City Council candidate Orlando Ramos posted a message to his Facebook, thanking his supporters for telling him people were stealing his signs. “They’re getting outraged because their lawn signs are missing. Their lawn sign is missing; their signs on the corner were missing, so my message to my supporters was, let’s stay focused on November. Forget about the signs, let’s keep it positive,” he said.
In fact, he says this isn’t the first time. Ramos’ signs were stolen when he ran for city council in both 2009 and 2011.
Yet he says he won’t speculate why it’s happening. “I think what’s happened to my campaign it’s a little bit excessive. They can take our signs, but they’re not going to take away our votes,” stated Ramos.
Smiley’s on Boston Road is just one of the places where Ramos says his campaign signs were stolen from. Now even though the owner says he does have surveillance, it was pointed away from where the signs were. “In the nighttime, God knows somebody picked it up when the store closed, 9 o’clock, we’re open at 8 o’clock and between certain time, somebody picked it up, you don’t know. I said, ‘bring the other sign, I can put it over there for you’,” Fazal Rehman added.
Ramos says all of his signs are now gone– including 7 large ones, those from Pasco Rd., and the corner of Page Blvd. and Berkshire Ave. It’s the same place where his opponent, John Lysak says his signs were taken from.
In all, Lysak says 20 large and small signs of his were stolen throughout Ward 8, all in one night.
Ward 1 city council candidate Zaida Luna adds the same thing is happening to her. Five of her signs went missing, and friend called to tell her he found them in the trash at the DPW. She says she will put them up again.
Both Luna and Ramos say they didn’t reach out to police, but both will replace their signs.
Lysak says he filed police reports.