Dist. 2 candidate claims opponent is stealing signs

Alan Warrick claims 48 signs worth $3,000 were damaged or stolen; Points finger at Keith Toney

SAN ANTONIO – Early voting began Monday for the runoff race to see who will be the next person to represent District 2 on the San Antonio City Council.

One of the candidates running for Mayor Ivy Taylor's former seat is calling out his opponent for alleged political shenanigans.

Alan Warrick said Tuesday, someone is damaging and stealing his signs and he's pointing the finger at current District 2 Councilman Keith Toney's campaign.

"In the last week I've lost almost 50 signs and Keith Toney signs keep popping up where my sign previously was," Warrick said. "It definitely seems like it's coming from my competitor."

Warrick has identified 48 sites where his signs used to be. Many of his large signs were placed next to a second sign touting the San Antonio Police Officer's Association's endorsement of Warrick.

While his signs are have been removed or damaged, the union signs remain untouched.

"I guess they were scared of the police officer's association but clearly they're not afraid of taking down my signs," Warrick said.

Warrick filed a criminal mischief complaint Tuesday with SAPD regarding the missing and damaged signs.

He estimates the loss to be around $3,000, but has no proof Toney or his campaign are involved.

"This is the first I'm hearing about it, but I'm not surprised," Toney said.

Before Warrick and Toney faced off in a debate Tuesday night, Toney said it was the first time he's heard of Warrick's complaints. He brushed off Warrick's claims and made some of his own.

"One of them (Warrick supporters) pulled up to my campaign headquarters on Walzem, and one of my senior campaign staff had to go out and say don't do that, they were trying to cover up one of my signs with one of his," Toney said.

Appointed by a unanimous council vote to fill Mayor Taylor's vacant seat in August, Toney said he's focused on keeping the seat, not playing political games with Warrick.

"We should be big boys," Toney said. "It may speak to a bit of immaturity on his part, he could have called me and said this is the claim I'm making and I would have addressed it with him."

Both men said they would rather be spending their time talking about the issues District 2 faces instead of arguing about who did what to whose signs.

They did get a chance to do that in their debate hosted by the NAACP and gave voters plenty to think about before they make their selection.

Early voting ends Friday. The run-off election will be held Tuesday Dec. 9.

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