PEOSTA, Iowa (KWQC) – A Republican candidate for the Iowa House of Representatives says she was targeted by vandals overnight.
Shannon Lundgren of Peosta is running in the Nov. 8 election to represent the 57th District in the Iowa House.
Lundgren said in an early morning Facebook post on October 14, 2016 that sometime overnight vandals struck several of her campaign signs, hit the business she owns with her husband with paint balls, and spray painted her husband’s truck – which at the time was parked in the driveway of the couple’s home.
The post says this is the fourth incident of vandalism, and that previous incidents involved “stealing, spray painting and paint balling our campaign signs.”
Lundgren says this latest incident is more serious, posting on Facebook, “When someone shows up at our home and business and damages our personal property and continually enters the private property of our supporters to destroy the signs that they have, it becomes a criminal act.
Lundgren says she has filed a report with the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department.
“We feel this is campaign-related,” Lundgren told KWQC by phone. “There’s no other reason for it.”
“This is a heavily Democratic county, and we’ve been polling well.”
Lundgren made clear she does not think her opponent or the Democratic party are in any way responsible, but she believes it is “someone who doesn’t want me to win.”
Lundgren’s Facebook post includes photos that show a campaign sign defaced with paint and a white Chevy Suburban with what appears to be streaks of paint on the hood and along the driver’s side doors.
Her Facebook post says there is a $500 reward for information that leads to an arrest.