10/12/2014 04:42 EDT | Updated 10/12/2014 04:59 EDT

Munira Abukar, Ward 2 Candidate, Finds Racist Messages On Campaign Signs

"Go back home," read the racist remark left on Munira Abukar's campaign sign.

The 22-year-old Somali-Canadian is running for city councillor in Toronto's Ward 2, Etobicoke North – the riding Doug Ford currently holds, and Rob Ford is hoping to reclaim.

Abukar tweeted photos of the comments on Twitter Saturday, saying she's been told there are more defaced signs out there.

Following the tweet, Toronto residents began reaching out to Abukar, expressing disgust and showing support using the hashtag #IStandWithMunira.

Among those who reached out to support her were mayoral candidates Olivia Chow and Morgan Baskin.

Abukar was angry and upset at the vandalism at first, she told CBC News, but now realizes the importance of staying positive.

"It's a matter of taking anger and applying it positively and saying 'I don't give in to hate. I don't give in to coercion and bullying.'"

Toronto is set to elect a new mayor and council on Oct. 27.


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