Sep 9, 2010 5:29 PM by Shawn Kline

Youngsville's Campaign Vandals

On October 2nd, Youngsville's voters will head to the polls and choose representatives for Police Chief, the Mayor's office and City Council.
With the election under a month away, the campaign trail can be pretty hot.
Take a drive through Acadiana and you can't miss them; they're campaign signs, but in Youngsville, the race for Police Chief is getting messy.
"It just seems like they're targeting me," Candidate Rickey Boudreaux said.
Boudreaux is the only one running against the current Police Chief, Earl Menard. Boudreaux says he's convinced vandalism to his signs are politically motivated.
"None of the other candidates running for political office had their signs vandalized," Boudreaux says.
The signs can cost hundreds of dollars but with one swipe of the spray paint, they suddenly become worthless. The vandalism is now calling upon the Lafayette Sheriff's Department to investigate.
If Youngsville Police were to investigate, there would be a conflict of interest (Boudreaux's opponent, Earl Menard is current Chief of Police). Because of the conflict, Boudreaux and the Youngsville Police Department asked Lafayette Sheriff's Deputies to investigate.
"If it's $500 to$1500, it's a relative felony." Lieutenant Craig Stansbury of LPSO says, "if it's over $1500, it's a felony."
That's the penalty vandals could face if they're linked to damaging these or any other campaign signs.
Damages Boudreaux says isn't just tarnishing his image but the image of Youngsville.
"These acts of vandalism are sending an embarrassing message." Boudreaux says, "(not only) to the people of Youngsville (but) those driving through our town."
A drive on a campaign trail, littered with this crime.


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