By Joel Provano
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Bobby Sigman, the Covington mayoral candidate who was arrested and charged with stealing his opponent’s campaign signs, now say he’s staying in the race.
He said earlier this week that he was quitting the race, telling Channel 2 Action news he was “tired of seeing my supporters raked over the coals for nothing.”
Sigman denied having done anything with criminal intent, “although I made some bad decisions.”
Covington police set up a videotaped sting after receiving a complaint that mayoral candidate Ronnie Johnston’s signs were being stolen.
The 70-year-old Sigman said the video showing him picking up a pile of signs “were signs I found on the right-of-way, and I planned to return them” to Johnston. “I did not steal any of his signs,” Sigman said.
Sigman was arrested Oct. 12 and charged with making false statements within a political subdivision, theft by taking and criminal trespass, all misdemeanors. He is free on $3,500 bond while awaiting trial.
Sigman told the Newton Citizen that when he said he was withdrawing, “I meant I was withdrawing from the campaign, not the office.”
The newspaper also quoted Sigman as saying, “I’m going to lose. I know it. It’s not going to be a big deal.”