Smyrna council race turns ugly with alleged attack on candidate's wife

The City Council race in Smyrna has taken a violent turn, with a council candidate saying his wife was punched in the face when she tried to stop a man from pulling out her husband's yard sign, Channel 2 Action News reports.

The incident happened Monday evening along the East-West Connector near Cooper Lake Road, the latest of a series of reported vandalism to candidates’ signs for mayor and City Council in the Cobb County city.

Vic Yankouski, Smyrna City Council candidate for Ward 7, said he and his wife Pat were staking out locations where signs were being vandalized. Monday evening, Pat Yankouski, driving in her car, encountered individuals acting suspiciously around one of her husband's signs.

“She pulled in front of them and rolled down the window and asked them what they were doing, because one gentleman had his hands on the sign, trying to remove the sign,” Yankouski told Channel 2.

“He dropped the sign, came over to the window and punched my wife twice on the left side of her face,” the candidate said. “The person punched her so hard, it threw her glasses off, and she had to find them on the floorboard of her car.”

The couple filed an assault report with Cobb County police, but there was only a sketchy description of the suspect – a man in his 30s with close-cropped hair and an untucked shirt.

“She was crying and she said, ‘Is this really all worth it?’” Yankouski said of his wife’s reaction to the attack. “Then later on she said, ‘Yes, it is worth it,’ because there's no quit in her, no quit in me.”