Last weekend, someone slashed three tires on Bolingbrook Village Trustee candidate Maripat Oliver’s car. Her car was the only one attacked, despite other cars in the neighborhood being equally accessible.
Apparently, this needs to be said again: Vandalizing a politician’s personal property is a form of intimidation, and it is not acceptable. It was not acceptable when Mayor Roger Claar’s home was vandalized. It is still not acceptable today. Violence should play no part in a democratic election. Even if it turns out to just be a random attack, it should be condemned by everyone who believes in free elections.
I also hope that in light of this incident, The incumbent First Party for Bolingbrook will revaluate its passive-aggressive campaign rhetoric. Constantly stating “we care” implies that the other candidates don’t care. Posting that their candidates “aren’t planning to get involved, they are already involved,” implies that the other party’s candidates aren’t involved in community activities. Even the name ‘First Party for Bolingbrook’ implies that the other party’s candidates aren’t for Bolingbrook. It is a follow up to Mayor Roger Claar’s statement that the 2017 race was between “residents” and “foes.” To be blunt, that is a form of othering. It could have influenced someone to commit vandalism against a “foe” because they’re fighting for the “residents.”
All the candidates care about Bolingbrook. All the candidates have relevant experience for the office they’re running for. All of them deserve to be heard. All of them are Bolingbrook residents.
It is one thing to criticize positions or state that you don’t like a candidate personally. That’s part of campaigning for public office. However, violence and vandalism should not be a part of political campaigns anywhere in the world.