YULAN, NY — Candidate for Town of Highland Supervisor Charles Petersheim received news at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13 that his campaign signs were found on fire. Petersheim said he got a call …
YULAN, NY — Candidate for Town of Highland Supervisor Charles Petersheim received news at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13 that his campaign signs were found on fire. Petersheim said he got a call from Town of Highland Chief Constable Michael Walton that five of his campaign signs were on fire on the side of Mail Road, a small and deserted road in Yulan. Walton was not available when The River Reporter called, and as of press time on Tuesday, October 20 we had not been able to get in touch with him.
Petersheim remarked that burning signs is not only a danger to public safety but also a “threatening gesture.”
He said this isn’t the only threat he has received since running for office. Facebook pages have been created to criticize him and his campaign. He also said that anonymous people leave comments on posts about him, and others have created fake pages to make it look like he is the one posting, and then they send friend requests to his family and friends, only to write negative posts about him.
Petersheim has his own Facebook group page TUFF (Taxpayers United For Fairness). Part of a recent post reads, “Here’s the thing: If I stand no chance of winning, if I’m the worst person, least qualified, meanest degenerate that is so obvious to everyone, why all the energy being spent on social media and sign stealing and now sign-burning? Why all the efforts to destroy my credibility and reputation?”
Petersheim is running against Jeff Haas. Haas said he has no comment, although he did say it was “unfortunate.”
“I’m shocked at the way people are behaving in this election,” Petersheim said.