LeRoy McConico, who is running as a Democratic candidate for sheriff in Linn County, Kan., has had issues with people messing with his campaign signs.
However, earlier this week, he discovered that one of his campaign signs had been vandalized with white lettering that said “KKK,” the first time he’d ever seen something this blatant, the Kansas City Star reports.
“There’s some people that just got some dark hearts,” McConico told the news site. “They saw an opportunity to do something in the dark.”
McConico said that the defacement caught him by surprise and he did not know who did it.
A law-enforcement veteran, McConico is running against the current sheriff, Republican Paul Villa. According to the Star, more than 9,000 people live in Linn County, but census data show that less than 1 percent of the county’s population is black.
The sheriff’s office said that a report had been taken regarding the damage to McConico’s campaign sign, and the FBI office in Kansas City also acknowledged that it was aware of the incident, but did not comment further, the Star notes.
McConico’s daughter, Courtney, said that she is shocked to see that kind of damage happen in the final days of her father’s campaign.
“I just didn’t think it would happen to us,” she said.
McConico, who has worked in law enforcement for about 35 years, expressed much of the same sentiment. He told the news site that he did not see the current tone of the presidential election or the current problematic national dialogue working their way into the area of Kansas that he’s called home for the past 12 years.
“The county certainly is not like that,” he said. “This is a very good county, a good place to live in. The people are very, just awesome, awesome people. My family, we have enjoyed living here. We’re not going to let nothing like that deter what we believe and how we feel.”
Read more at the Kansas City Star.