Candidate signs removed

Nine signs in four locations supporting Larry Freedman for prosecutor were stolen early Saturday morning and some were replaced with signs for incumbent Deb Kelly.

Three signs were posted along Washington Street in front of the Sequim Plaza near Harvey Insurance Services, including one at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Washington Street, said Sequim resident Del Sage.

Sage helped Freedman place the signs on July 23. Where a 4-foot by 8-foot Deb Kelly sign now stands was a sign for Larry Freedman, he said.

"It's exactly where we put them up," he said, pointing to the red sign in the shrubbery. "Right there."

Freedman said he started receiving phone calls about his missing signs on Saturday.

Freedman said Kelly already had a sign in the grassy area near the entrance of the plaza when he placed two of his signs to the far right and far left of it on Friday.

But the Kelly sign in the center was moved to where his sign had been on the far left, which is a more visible location, he said.

The other signs were stolen off U.S. Highway 101 in Port Angeles, he said.

Steve Smith, who owns the shopping center, said he does not allow political signs in the common areas and called Kelly to let her know her signs needed to be removed.

The signs had been placed on the wrong piece of property because of confusion over where his property ended and where the property on which the signs were authorized began, he said.

Jay Ketchum, a member of Kelly's campaign, came to remove the signs and asked Smith if the rule applied to Freedman's signs as well, Smith said.

Smith said he would call Freedman about removing his signs but by the time he did they already were gone.

"Who did it? Who knew about it? I don't know," he said. "But we didn't tell him (Ketchum) to move them but they got taken."

The sign at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Washington Street was on the correct piece of property, Freedman said.

Linda Harvey, of Harvey Insurance Services, is a supporter of Freedman and said she also had signs stolen.

On Saturday morning, she went to Costco and after returning home she noticed the two adhesive signs she had on her car supporting Freedman had been torn off.

Harvey said it happened between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Freedman filed reports with the Sheriff's Office and the Sequim Police Department.

Sequim Interim Police Chief Sheri Crain said so far there are no leads or witnesses.

Kelly did not return a phone call requesting comment.

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