- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - A Wheeling artist has replaced a candidate’s campaign sign that had been defaced with racist graffiti.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting (https://bit.ly/1VEb5pr) reports Amanda Carney drew up a new sign this week for City Council candidate Loma Nevels, who is black.

The original sign was vandalized last week with black spray paint covering Nevels’ photograph and the letters KKK next to it.

Carney’s father owns the property where the sign was located. She drew a floral sign with the phrase “Vote Loma Nevels Ward 2” to replace Nevels’ original sign.

Police are looking for suspects. Deputy Police Chief Martin Kimball says Nevels’ sign was tagged with a graffiti signature similar to other vandalism in the area.

Nevels says she’s not going to let the vandalism distract her campaign.

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Information from: WVPR-FM, https://www.wvpubcast.org/news.aspx

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