Former mayoral candidate Larry Lowder has lost his $210 lawsuit against 1989 election opponent Mayor Scott Sneddon over missing campaign signs.

Acting small-claims judge Frank Wells ruled that Sneddon is not responsible for four campaign signs he had been storing for Lowder that are now missing.Lowder testified that after losing the mayor's race in Washington Terrace, he and Sneddon picked up the "Lowder for Mayor" signs he had posted around the community, and Sneddon agreed to store them.

"He said, `They'll be nice and safe in my garage,' " Lowder testified.

But Lowder said on April 13, he went to Sneddon's home to retrieve the signs, and Sneddon could not produce them.

"But his were all there nice and neat," Lowder said, adding the signs were worth $210.