Pa. mayoral hopeful charged with defacing signs

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A mayoral candidate in Harrisburg is facing charges stemming from allegations that he spray painted the campaign signs of one of his competitors for the Democratic nomination.

The charges announced Monday against Lewis Butts include criminal mischief and criminal conspiracy for allegedly defacing the campaign signs of candidate Eric Papenfuse with black spray paint.

Butts told WHTM-TV in Harrisburg ( ) that he apologized for going to such lengths to prove a point. But he says he plans to continue campaigning and won’t drop out of the race.

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico says he believes Butts was frustrated at the way the campaign was going.

The primary election is Tuesday. Four people are running for the city’s Democratic nomination to run for mayor.

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