GREENVILLE, N.C. — Authorities in North Carolina say an investigation is underway after a campaign sign for a black candidate for sheriff was vandalized.

Maj. Paula Dance is running for the Democratic nomination for sheriff in Pitt County. Local news outlets report Dance noticed the vandalism on Sunday near the town of Stokes, which is north of Greenville.

Pictures of the sign show it had been spray-painted with the words “VOTE NO” and a Confederate flag sticker with the words “I Support Confederate Heritage” placed over Dance’s face. An “X” was spray painted over a badge on the sign.

Dance said, “Color, race, gender, or sexual identity has never stopped my pursuit for justice. This too, will not stop my pursuit.”

Sheriff Neal Elks, who announced the investigation, is not seeking re-election.