James Schneider, a candidate for District 5, Cape Coral City Council, received two threats from a Ku Klux Klan group on the doorstep of his Cape Coral, Florida home, according to the police department.
Schneider told NBC-2 that his partner found a letter on his door from a member of Ku Klos Knights, a Cape Coral division of the KKK, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“I kind of dropped it,” said Schneider. “I didn’t know what to do with that. I was spooked by it immediately. It really shakes you to the core.”
The note threatened Schneider to drop out of the race for District 5 because he’s an openly gay man. It read: “We know where you live faggot. We are going to win. Quit now. When you girls least expect it, We will be here for a nice visit.”
“I am going to stay in the campaign,” Schneider said. “I almost quit which would’ve meant they won. I think I’m the appropriate candidate for the position.”
The city council candidate says he received a second piece of paper left at the door which included the name “Emperor Paul Lamonica,” as well as an email address, a street address, and a website.
Schneider, who works as a local planning and zoning commissioner, says he has seen degrading posts on social media about him throughout this campaign.
“Every time I see one of these things on Facebook, the pile-ons from people who don’t realize that their cyber bullying and saying horrific things and they don’t even know who I am,” Schneider said.
Schneider says he has installed security cameras at his home and has reported the threats to police and the FBI.
“I mean literally we were sleeping 25 feet from where they dropped this thing off,” Schneider said. ” Whether it’s real or not whoever did it they shook us up.”
Schneider says he hopes his sexual orientation won’t persuade voters one way or another.
“I don’t want sympathy votes; I want votes on the fact that I’m a better-qualified candidate,” Schneider said.