Campaign finance spats, stolen signs

Three Peoria City Council contests intensified within the ultimate weeks earlier than the election.

Five marketing campaign finance complaints have been filed towards 5 candidates, and a resident who posted political signs opposing two candidates mentioned most have been stolen. 

The complaints and theft claims are the newest examples of fierce competitors between two metropolis factions — primarily newcomers vs. longtime-elected or appointed officers — vying for management of the City Council.

Who wins Tuesday’s election may alter how town handles public security, financial growth and infrastructure spending. Newcomers argue large enchancment is required. Their opponents contend residents are principally glad and criticism is overblown.

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The newcomers vs. longtime leaders are: 

  • Jason Beck vs. Bridget Binsbacher for mayor. 
  • Jennifer Crawford vs. Vicki Hunt to symbolize a part of south Peoria.
  • Diane Douglas vs. Brad Shafer to symbolize north Peoria.

Stolen and broken signs 

Peoria resident Traci Kinney said about three-quarters of the signs she printed and posted around the city adjacent to Bridget Binsbacher and Vicki Hunt's signs have been stolen. Some of her signs were initially confiscated by the city for code violations.

Longtime Peoria resident Traci Kinney put in signs adjoining to Binsbacher and Hunt’s signs that confirmed an arrow and the phrases “Failed Peoria.” 

Out of the 200 signs Kinney mentioned she put in, she estimates about 160 have been stolen. She’s offended since they’re about $13 apiece, she mentioned. 

At first, it was town taking the signs, citing noncompliance.

“They did not include required contact information for the party responsible,” Peoria Communications Director Briana Cortinas advised The Republic.

But that solely accounted for seven signs, and Kinney acquired them again.  

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