Fake campaign sign causes confusion in James Island election

By Harve Jacobs  bio | email | Twitter

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - A fake campaign sign is causing some confusion leading up to Tuesday's James Island municipal election.

The sign that says, "Martha Thomas for Mayor" has been found in several places on the island.

Thomas said it was part of a practical joke played on her by a friend who owns a graphic sign company.

"I must have literally received about 100-200 phone calls saying, 'Martha, I didn't know you were running,' " Thomas said. "Sorry if it upset anybody or offended anybody, but it was meant to be just good clean fun, and I didn't have anything to do with it, but I am trying to get them all up and taken away."

Some voters aren't laughing about the practical joke.

"It's misleading. It's gonna confuse people when they go to the polls. They don't know what they're doing when they get there in the first place," said one man who's voting in the election.

Even if Thomas wanted to run for mayor, she couldn't because she lives in the city of Charleston.

In the actual race for James Island mayor, five candidates are vying for the seat including incumbent Mayor Mary Clark, Brett Johnson, Bill Woolsey, Jonathan Brown and Warren Sloane.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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