HAZARD — A billboard in downtown Hazard promoting Kenneth Hall’s campaign for State Representative was vandalized sometime during the evening of March 18. The billboard is located on the stretch of Highway 15 leading into downtown, next to the Combs Motel building.
The vandal used paint to draw a vulgar image and deface the portrait of Hall, which is part of the sign. According to Hall, the crime was committed prior to 11:00 p.m. on Friday evening.
“I think it’s really a shame that someone would stoop this low and this is why politics has a bad name,” Hall said, “We live in a free country and anyone has the right to protest as well as support. But this is the lowest.”
Vandalism is a crime in Kentucky that could produce up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, depending on the value of the property which was destroyed. The police are investigating this crime. Kenneth Hall is also offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the criminal.
Kenneth Hall is a Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 84th District, which includes all of Perry County and a large portion of Harlan County. He will be on the ballot against the incumbent Fitz Steele in the May 17 primary election.
Kenneth Hall’s campaign billboard sits within a cluster of other billboards on the same piece of property. Hall’s billboard was the only one damaged in the vandalism. In this election cycle, which includes a race for United States President, this is the only report of damage to a candidate’s property that the Hazard Herald has received so far.
Anyone with information about this crime can contact Kenneth Hall. The Hazard Police Department can be reached at 606-436-2222.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.