COCHRAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The words "free chicken" were spray-painted on two of Johnny Blash's campaign signs. Blash, who's running for sheriff of Bleckley County, says he learned from friends that this phrase is a negative racial slur. He's shocked it happened to him in Bleckley County.
"I know that there are ignorant people out there. My guess is probably a 16-20 year old juvenile probably having a good time at my expense," says Blash.
Blash says he got a call from a concerned citizen on Wednesday afternoon. The person told him that two of his campaign signs were tagged with a very bold message. He says he's not letting it get him down.
"It has motivated me to move forward, uh to get out and let the community know who I am and what I'm about," says Blash.
Despite their opposition in the race, Blash believe Sheriff Harold Lancaster will make sure this incident is investigated properly. Blash says he isn't looking for retribution.
"The important thing that I want people to know is that my campaign runs on integrity. Integrity matters, we're going to keep pursuing that issue and we're going to campaign on that issue."
Sheriff Lancaster would not comment on camera or speak with 41NBC over the phone. Two deputies were out on the scene today, and they told 41NBC this matter is being investigated fully.