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Democrat Nate Blouin says his tires lost air and a campaign sign was stolen from his yard

The Utah Senate nominee said he is willing to speak with Utah citizens who have a disagreement with him.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nate Blouin, a Democratic candidate for Utah’s Senate District 13, speaks Friday after someone stole a voting sign from his yard and deflated two tires of the family car overnight.

Utah Senate nominee Nate Blouin says he wants Utahns who disagree with him about his political views to speak to him personally — just not to deflate his tires.

The Democratic nominee for Utah’s Senate District 13 said his wife was about to leave for work around 9 a.m. when she found two tires on her car deflated. Shortly thereafter, Blouin found that a campaign sign was missing from the courtyard of her Salt Lake City home.

“I don’t want to make claims about things, but it seems likely that if a campaign sign is taken at the same time you identify a problem with your property, you know there’s probably a connection,” Blouin told The Salt Lake Tribun.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Nate Blouin, a Democratic candidate for Utah’s Senate District 13, speaks with his neighbor September 16, 2022. Blouin said someone stole a voting sign from his yard on Thursday and two tires of family car dumps night.

The Utah Senate hopeful said he didn’t believe the car tires were slashed, but rather deflated. The two deflated tires, Blouin said, were on the passenger side of the car, facing away from the house. He said he filed a police report to document the incident.

While stealing campaign signs from shipyards is commonplace during election years, the shenanigans are relatively benign compared to the potentially dangerous act of deflating car tires.

“If you have disagreements, I’m easy to find,” Blouin said. “Grab you Twittercall, text or email me and I am more than happy to speak to you about these concerns.”

Shortly after the discovery on Friday morning, Blouin intervened Twitter, said the behavior was unacceptable regardless of who is doing it. He told The Tribune this is not the first or worst example of bad behavior in politics, but that the modern state of politics rewards people’s bad behavior.

He said this type of behavior is frustrating, and he believes it’s being modeled by elected officials who encourage people to “go out and take things into their own hands sometimes.”

“I think that’s totally unacceptable,” added Blouin.

Blouin won his primary in June with overwhelming success, winning over 75% of the vote. The heavily Democrat-leaning district consists of parts of Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake and Murray.

He defeated longtime Senator Gene Davis, who has since been suspended from the Utah Democratic Party after he was accused of sexual misconduct by a former intern and campaign worker.

Blouin will face Republican candidate Roger Stout in November’s election.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2022/09/16/democrat-nate-blouin-says-his/ Democrat Nate Blouin says his tires lost air and a campaign sign was stolen from his yard

Justin Scacco

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