SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – A candidate for Salt Lake City city council claims to be the victim of politically charged vandalism. Nigel Swaby is running to represent the residents of Salt Lake City’s Second District.
Swaby believes he is being targeted for comments he made at a city council meeting regarding police funding and developments in the neighborhood.
âTry to explain to a six-year-old why your house is painted overnight,â Swaby said.
Swaby told ABC4 he was under attack for having opinions different from others.
âI went to take my daughter to Lagoon for her birthday yesterday morning and when I stepped back, on the fence there were two spray painted slogans with my name on it,â Swaby said.
Graffiti claiming he is racist and “hates the poor” covered his fence Sunday morning.
âFor someone to tell me something like thatâ¦ has no basis in reality,â Swaby said.
The graffiti comes just a day after he claims to have found a tire on his lawn.
âThey absolutely do not want me to be elected to city council. They think I’m a developer, I’m notâ¦ I’m a real estate agent, âSwaby said.
Swaby is running for a seat on Salt Lake City Council. However, he said he was harassed because of what he said at city council meetings recently.
“One of the comments I made to the planning committee was that I wish it was a ‘for sale’ project instead of all these rentals that are hurting a lot of people in Salt Lake City.” , Swaby said.
He also says his take on police funding adds fuel to the fire.
âThat was about a month ago when Salt Lake City was considering side hiring for its budget and I spoke up for that. I think Salt Lake City needs more cops, not fewer cops, âSwaby said.
Swaby did not want to name the group he says is behind the vandalism.
âThey are definitely part of the free speech ecosystem. But when you go from an organized protest to graffiti on the house of someone you don’t agree with, I think you’ve crossed the line, âSwaby said.
Although he fears being targeted again, he has said he will not back down.
âIt’s not going to work. I’m not going to stop running for District Two because of the paint on my fence,â Swaby said.