Did they specifically campaign during election on removal of the stature?
No, it does not mean that local people decided, it means local people elected someone who decided. There is a reason why we have freedom of demonstration in what used to be democratic world, but what becomes less and less democratic since politically correct fascists started flexing their muscles — to be able to tell those we elect that we disagree with them.
So no, if I vote for someone, it does not mean that I agree with every decision they make after elections.
As for Antifa — I have seen a violent mob, some of them with baseball bats on those videos from events, so yes, I know that Antifa came to promote violence as they do everywhere they go. It is what they do and they don’t even try to hide it.
As for James Fields — yes, he is a looser, I know. But even loosers, whatever their views, should be allowed to get home safely after attending a lawful political event (even when we disagree with the ideas the event supports).
Violent mob attacking cars is not something to be proud of.
Heather Heyer was a victim of Antifa too. She was a “useful idiot”, it is not surprising that a woman with no violent connections died why the masked violence-organising thugs who were next to the car did not. The thugs from Antifa know how to be carefully, it is not the first time they do it, they are physically fit, and if a “useful idiot” dies in the process, the better it is.