LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – A current State Representative running for a fourth term found two of his campaign signs ripped up – and the vandal was caught on surveillance video.
Election season doesn’t come without its jabs and attacks among opponents and their supporters, but someone may have taken it too far in Valencia County.
Republican Alonzo Baldonado is seeking re-election for the House of Representatives Dist. 8 seat, which covers much of Valencia County. He and his campaign team have placed signs encouraging people to ‘Vote Alonzo!’ across the district, including two massive signs near I-25 and Highway Six by the movie theater and Chili’s.
“I was in Special Session sitting in my desk on the House floor when I got a text from a friend,” Baldonado says.
That was nearly two weeks ago, and the friend told him those two massive signs were found torn; someone clearly doesn’t like the thought of Baldonado in office again.
“The signs, those ones, run about $75 per side,” he said.
The vandalism was just barely visible on surveillance video from a nearby camera. It captures a car driving up to the double-sided sign in the distance and someone gets out. Then, you can faintly see the person ripping one side of the sign followed by the other.
“It’s unfortunate because it’s a little bit far away, you can’t really make out the face,” he says.
The car then rounds the corner and drives right in front of the camera.
“We have a very good view of the vehicle. You could take some guesses as to the make and model,” he said.
Baldonado said he has a good idea of who did it, but doesn’t want to point fingers. Rather, he’s keeping his head up with November 8th in sight.
“It takes the wind out of your sails for a bit, but then it sort of gives you… you’re encouraged by it because I did get a lot of support from friends saying ‘hey, don’t worry about!'” he said.
The signs were posted on private property with permission from the landowner, Baldonado said. He immediately replaced them.