Racist graffiti won't stop sheriff candidate in Linn County - KCTV5

Racist graffiti won't stop sheriff candidate in Linn County

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Leroy McConico has had an impressive career in law enforcement. The current Parker, KS police chief is now running for the sheriff of Linn County. (Submitted) Leroy McConico has had an impressive career in law enforcement. The current Parker, KS police chief is now running for the sheriff of Linn County. (Submitted)
LINN COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -

An act of vandalism on a campaign sign in Linn County is upsetting some people.

When they saw the letters "KKK" spray painted on the sign of a black candidate for sheriff, they wanted answers.

Leroy McConico has had an impressive career in law enforcement. The current Parker, KS police chief is now running for the sheriff of Linn County.

He says what someone did to one of his political signs is disappointing but not shocking.

"What can you do? You just keep going forward," he said.

McConico said he won't let the hateful actions of one or two people in the county he loves get to him.

"I guess it can hurt you a little bit if you let it, but I'm not letting it hurt me ... just going forward," he said.

It was early Tuesday morning when Mound City resident Pat Huntley noticed the sign.

"That's not what this area is about. That's not the kind of people we are. Yeah, we need to find out who did it," Huntley said.

Finding out who spray painted "KKK" across McConico's sign may prove to be tough. The town is full of campaign signs on the side of the road where someone could easily pull over, do the damage and then take off.

McConico said this is the third time this election season something has happened to one of his signs. 

He says he's hoping whoever did it will eventually be caught and says it doesn't change how he feels about the county of 10,000 but rather strengthens his desire to make it even better.

"My motto is build a community of trust that we as a community can come together and build it," he said.

Current Linn County Sheriff Paul Filla said he's very disappointed that something like this happened to his opponent or anyone and says they're investigating to figure out who did it.

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