"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.
Pulled this off of Martingrove and Dixon on our way back from the office. Aunty has told me there are more. pic.twitter.com/RruJcWq2GK— Munira for Ward 2 (@MuniraAbukar) October 11, 2014
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.
This is her home. pic.twitter.com/SL6h7lbZuq— Morgan Baskin (@MorganBaskinTO) October 11, 2014
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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