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Motive questioned in hose attack on Calgary candidate’s campaign headquarters

Police are investigating and a candidate for city council is left wondering whether political motivations were involved in an attack on his campaign headquarters that caused thousands of dollars in damage.

“Somebody stuck a garden hose in the front mail slot and turned the water on,” Ward 7 candidate Kevin Taylor said of the incident. “I don’t know if it’s just a prank – somebody coming home from the bar – or if it’s politically motivated.”

Taylor said the vandalism happened Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning last week, and he's since installed security cameras at the multi-use property – a home in which he rents the main floor.

Dixie Bennett, who runs Stillpoint Bodyworks on an upper floor, said she discovered the hose.

“I don’t know how long the water was running, but quite a while, it looked like,” she said. “There was quite a bit of water.”

It was the eyelash extension business on the lower floor that took the brunt of the damage, Bennett added.  Its owner could not be reached by press time.

Taylor said he lost $1,800 worth of brochures and business cards that had to be reprinted, and the landlord estimated damage to the building at $10,000.

His campaign signs are all over the building, Taylor added, clearly identifying it as a campaign office.

Police confirmed Tuesday they are investigating a complaint of vandalism against the property at 340 14 St. N.W., but said they have no suspects.

Tight race:

  • Kevin Taylor finished second in the 2010 municipal election, earning 38 per cent of the vote in Ward 7, behind winner Druh Farrell’s 43 per cent.
  • Farrell is seeking re-election and Ward 7 is again expected to be one of the more tightly contested races in the Oct. 21 election.
  • Brent Alexander, a managing director with RBC Commercial Financial Services, is also running for councillor in Ward 7 this year.

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