NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio – A U.S. Army Veteran is now going to battle with his condo association over campaign signs on his property.
“They sited it’s a violation of the sign code in the rules and regulations,” said Frank Kronen.
The Donald Trump signs have been up since late February to early March, but a warning letter arrived Friday from The Cottages at Savannah Condominium Unit Owners Association telling Kronen to take down the signs by June 1st or face a daily fine of $50.
Something that baffled him as well as his neighbors.
Many who say the signs are no different than holiday, seasonal or welcome wreaths and decorations.
“I don’t understand why now all of the sudden there’s a problem,” said Daryl Stein.
The signs aren’t very big and barely visible from the road. One is hanging on the front door behind a screen door and the other’s inside the lower left hand corner of the front window.
Frank says none of his neighbors have complained to him; not even his friend and Hillary Clinton supporter, Mary Harhay who lives directly across the street.
“That doesn’t bother me,” said Mary, “He has a right to vote for anybody he wants.”
Fox 8’s Suzanne Stratford reached out to the condo association but was unable to speak with or get a statement from the manager.
But Frank says, he knows for a fact that he isn’t violating any rules, because he was the association’s president during the last election cycle.
He specifically investigated the matter after one resident complained about another neighbor hanging a President Barack Obama sign in their window.
“I called the attorneys and they said that it is their First Amendment right as long as it is not outside of the unit, and it is within their actual living space of their unit,” said Frank.
Kronen, who is actually an independent voter and has supported both Republicans and Democrats over the years, has no intention of removing his signs.
He says, he swore an oath when entering the U.S. Army in 1969 to protect the constitution, and he’s prepared to defend those liberties now; ready to take the condo association to court if necessary.
“If that offends anybody… deal with it,” said Frank, “I’m an American, I served to protect my right to put that sign in my window, I’ll be damned if somebody’s gonna tell me to take it out.”