Statement on campaign sign thefts

Here’s the full press release of my statement on recent campaign sign thefts:

Over the past several days, many of my campaign signs ­- worth nearly $1000 -­ have gone missing. After confirming with the city of Fishers that the signs were properly placed, I called the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office to report the thefts. Investigation led to the discovery of a cell phone on the ground where one sign was taken. This cell phone is allegedly owned by Jeff Hern of Fishers, one of my opponents in the upcoming County Council primary. The phone is now evidence in the Sheriff’s criminal investigation.

In all my years in politics, I have never witnessed such behavior. This type of dirty trick is unacceptable and a criminal charge in the state of Indiana. I hope whoever is found responsible for these thefts will apologize and make restitution. Additionally, I hope all current and aspiring elected officials will reject these tactics and the candidates who use them. Our citizens deserve better representatives who believe in fair play.

I have full confidence that law enforcement will investigate not only this incident, but also the broader corruption and pay for play politics plaguing Hamilton County. A message needs to be sent that this type of behavior will not be tolerated. The citizens of Hamilton County can rest assured that if they re­elect me this May, I will continue to be a voice for integrity, transparency and financial independence. I will always represent their interests with sound fiscal principles and high moral standards.