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A candidate for a Kansas House seat says his campaign signs and a number of signs belonging to other political candidates were destroyed by a Sedgwick County public works unit that was mowing grass along South Meridian.
Joe Edwards is the Republican candidate for the District 93 seat. He said "between 50 and 60" signs were destroyed between 55th Street South and 71st Street South. Edwards said a nearby resident told him it was a county mower, and he said one of his larger signs at 103rd Street South and Hydraulic was also destroyed.
Edwards said he contacted the county and was told that it was an accident, but he refuses to accept that explanation.
"You don't do an accident over a two-mile stretch," Edwards said. "This is too many signs to be an accident."
He said signs for an independent candidate were the only signs left standing.
Amanda Matthews with the Sedgwick County communications office said mowers were working on the public right of way. She said the mowers try not to hit campaign signs, but some were accidentally hit during the mowing operation.
Matthews reminded candidates to have their campaign signs on private property instead of public easements and rights-of-way.