Commission candidate blames sign vandalism on evil spirits
By BY MELISSA CROWE AND GHENI PLATENBURG - MCROWE@VICAD.COM AND GPLATENBURG@VICAD.COM
June 23, 2012 at 1:23 a.m.
Victoria County Commissioner 1 candidate Annie Ramos wonders whether black magic is responsible for vandalism to her campaign signs.
Earlier this week, less than 24 hours after posting a campaign sign on Bloomington Highway, someone nailed a black sheet over the sign, she said.
"This is getting too ridiculous," Ramos said.
Ramos received 373 votes, or 25 percent of the votes in the May 29 primary election.
She will face opponent Danny Garcia in the July 31 runoff election.
On May 29, Ramos filed a police report for the theft of signs between $50 and $500.
She said whoever is responsible is desperate.
"I'm in constant prayer and hope that the angels come and take care of the evil spirits" she believes are coercing people to go after her campaign.
The targeted candidate said she called the sheriff's office about the sheet incident, but the sheriff's office did not have an incident report on record.
Meanwhile, Garcia said the first time he heard anything about Ramos' signage issues was when the Advocate called to discuss the matter.
He denied any involvement.
"Since I've started, I've put it in God's hands," said Garcia. "If it's me who is county commissioner in January, then it's God's will."
While he knew nothing about the connection between Ramos' sign issues and any evil spirits, Garcia said he did know that Ramos has placed her signs in locations without getting permission first.
A homeowner on state Highway 185 complained that Ramos placed her election sign in his yard without bothering to ask for permission, leading him to call and report the incident to Garcia.
To his knowledge, Garcia said his signs have not received the same black-sheet treatment.
"We should just stick to the issues and let the people decide who is better qualified, whether it's me or her," he said. "It should just be based on credentials and experience."