Fayetteville, Ark. – At least 30 signs for Tom Terminella for Mayor have been vandalized in Fayetteville since Friday night. The vandals have spray painted over the signs; many of them are now completely illegible. Terminella was notified of the first round of destruction early Saturday morning, and he set out to replace the damaged signs. However, the destruction continued and more were found destroyed Monday morning.
“We live in a democracy,” Terminella said, “and I believe most citizens of Fayetteville don’t support vandalism of other people’s property and First Amendment rights.”
“Someone has to stop this. It is time my opponents call on their supporters to act in a decent, respectful way. This is exactly why I am running for Mayor – we need new leadership that does not promote only one voice being represented in Fayetteville. It is time for unity in Fayetteville led by respectful, welcoming leadership in our city.”
Terminella is not the only Fayetteville citizen who finds the leadership unwelcoming. Jim Reavis is not involved with either campaign, but described the behavior as dirty politics.“
I’m amazed that this group of leadership and their supporters can say they are welcoming and diverse, but they’re making it clear they are the only voice they want heard,” said Reavis. “This dirty, divisive act is indicative of how many citizens view City Hall leadership – unwelcoming and only concerned with their voice being heard.”
“It is completely undemocratic,” said Reavis.
Terminella will continue to lead a positive campaign focusing on a unifying Fayetteville, he
said. “It’s time Fayetteville is a unified city – a city where everyone can thrive, where everyone’s voice is heard and is not disrespected, from their yard signs supporting their rights to freedom of speech to their concerns when approaching City Hall.”