Campaign signs for Des Moines Municipal Court Judge Veronica Galvan were vandalized twice over this last weekend, and according to a post on her Facebook page, a suspect has been apprehended.
The signs, placed along Des Moines Memorial Drive, were cut off their stakes with a blade or sharp implement.
“Frankly, it is a relief to know that the destruction appears to be politically motivated as zen the individual has never appeared before me in my professional capacity,” Judge Galvan said. “Thank you to the Des Moines citizen who witnessed the incident and called the police whose timely response allowed them to apprehend the culprit. Obviously I have recused myself from hearing this case and it will likely be transferred to another venue.”
Galvan’s signs were initially vandalized sometime Friday evening. The culprit cut one side off each sign, so only half of each sign was left on the stake. A campaign volunteer replaced the damaged signs on Saturday. Then, on Saturday night, the signs were hit again this time, both sides of the signs were cut off, leaving only the stakes.
Galvan noted that the manner in which the signs were taken down feels threatening.
“This is more than a mere knocking down of signs,” Galvan said. “Someone went to extra effort to send a message.”
Galvan apparently felt threatened enough that she was accompanied by Seattle Court Marshall Junior Ortiz when she went doorbelling on Sunday (Oct. 6).