I was intimidated and threatened by several anonymous people in an attempt to prevent me from running for City Marshal.
On July 2nd, 2008, my 42 birthday, I officially announced my candidacy seeking public office as Monroe City Marshal. Earlier that morning, my vehicle had been vandalized with eggs, and my political signs were damaged all over town. The worst incident occurred on the morning of July 14, my home was set on fire with I and my family inside. We were awakened at 3:30 in the morning by the sound of a loud THUD, which turned out to be an accelerant bomb thrown up against our front door. My family and I escaped unharmed, but our home was severely damaged by fire and smoke. The damage was well over $78,000 My family and I were forced to live in a hotel because our lovely and peaceful home was unlivable from that day until October 10. Concerned citizens around the community came to our aid and provided us with 24 hour security. At first I felt like a prisoner, unable to travel alone, and I worried about my family's safety. I started carrying a weapon for protection. Shortly after the fire, ugly rumors were circulated throughout the community by my opponent that I had set the fire myself in order to win the election from a "sympathy vote." I denied these charges and took a polygraph test, passing it. My opponent and his staff declined to take a polygraph. The Louisiana fire marshal investigated, and concluded that the fire to my home was arson, but I wanted confirmation of this from an outside, independent, and unbiased source. The incident is still underinvestigation
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