December 21, 2014

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Vandalism reported at commissioners’ booth at fairgrounds

WELLINGTON — Business cards belonging to Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams were ripped up when someone entered the booth rented by the commissioners at the Lorain County Fairgrounds late Monday or early Tuesday.

A county worker, who declined to be identified, said she found the cards ripped up and scattered on the floor of the booth when she arrived to begin her shift in the booth Tuesday morning.

“His business cards were literally torn in half and laying on the floor,” the county employee said.

The worker told Commissioner Ted Kalo about the vandalism when he arrived at the fairgrounds and he contacted Williams to tell him to bring additional cards.

Williams estimated that 30 to 35 of his county business cards were destroyed in the vandalism and the county is now hiding the business cards when they close down for the night to prevent a similar occurrence.

“I know what it was, it was just some immature individuals who just went through and were trying to make a political statement,” Williams said.

Williams, the lone Republican commissioner, is up for re-election next year. Kalo and Commissioner Lori Kokoski, both Democrats, won their bids for third terms last year.

Williams said he doesn’t have any idea who might have destroyed his business cards, but such tactics aren’t uncommon when it comes to politics.

He said he’s had yard signs stolen and his car was keyed last year while he was at a fundraiser for county Engineer Ken Carney, a Democrat, last year.

“It’s unfortunate, but it occurs,” Williams said.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.