PORTLAND – The debate over fluoridated water in Portland has been a hot topic ahead of the vote on the issue in May.
On Friday, some pro-fluoride advocates said their lawn signs were stolen. One couple emailed KGW to say Thursday evening they'd gone for a walk in their Irvington neighborhood and returned to find all the signs gone from their street.
Some were found nearby in a dumpster.
Healthy kids, Healthy Portland put out a Facebook page warning, saying it appeared to be an organized effort to steal signs.
Kim Kaminski of Clean Water Portland said the anti-fluoride campaign doesn’t condone stealing - and they were taking some sign abuse, too.
“We don’t all have to agree, but it’s my First Amendment right to say what I want to say,” theft victim Victoria Elliott-Brase said.
Ballots for that election go out Friday.
KGW Reporter Tim Gordon contributed to this report