Ferguson sign complaint filed

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By Damon Lawrence

Republican State House of Representatives candidate Julia Hurley filed a report with police on Wednesday, alleging she was threatened by her opponent’s relative.
Greg Ferguson, brother of Democrat state Rep. Dennis Ferguson, denied the claim.  
“She got a police report because she was told to get a police report,” Greg Ferguson said.
Kingston Police Lt. Gary Nelson said police received a call to go to the corner of Court and Third streets, which is near the Roane County Courthouse, concerning threats.
“When I arrived, I spoke with Ms. Julia C. Hurley, which stated that a Greg Ferguson came up to her while she was campaigning and told her that he was going to rip up all of her signs in Oak Ridge,” the police offense report states.
Hurley and Dennis Ferguson are running to represent the 32nd District in the State House.
Each candidate has campaign signs throughout the district.
Greg Ferguson said he asked Hurley if she would move one of her signs that was blocking his brother’s sign on Hwy. 58.
He was adamant that he did not make any threats.  
“I’ve got witnesses that was there,” he said.  
Hurley’s Twitter account had a posting about the incident.
“Threats are not going win votes, Mr. Ferguson,” the tweet said.  
Greg Ferguson said he’s been involved with campaigns for 35 years.
He contended he’s never torn down anyone’s sign.
“I don’t play games like that,” he said. “She’s blown it plum out of proportion, and that’s not right.”