A black candidate for Linn County Sheriff in Kansas has found one of his campaign signs was defaced with white graffiti reading “KKK.”
Democratic candidate LeRoy McConico told The Kansas City Star that he’d noticed some of the signs he placed throughout the county had been tampered with, but the Ku Klux Klan lettering was the most severe offense.
“There’s some people that just got some dark hearts,” he told the local outlet. “They saw an opportunity to do something in the dark.”
McConico, who currently serves as chief of police in Parker, Kansas, said that the racist graffiti doesn't reflect Linn County as a whole.
“This is a very good county, a good place to live in,” the 70-year-old said. “The people are very, just awesome, awesome people. My family, we have enjoyed living here. We’re not going to let nothing like that defer what we believe and how we feel.”
Current county sheriff Paul Filla, who’s also running for office, told KCTV that he’s disappointed that this happened to his opponent and that his office is investigating the incident.