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Mayoral Candidate Will Stay in Race Despite Two Decade Old Felony Charge

3-5-14

A candidate for Tomah mayor says he’ll stay in the race despite being convicted of a felony 23 years ago.

LeRoy Kelsey said Tuesday he was unaware his December 1990 conviction for taking $6,800 from the Sparta American Legion post for personal use was a felony.

Wisconsin law bars felons from holding public office. Kelsey was appointed to the city council in 2011 and elected to a two-year term in 2013.

Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger confirmed his office is investigating whether "misrepresentations were made" when Kelsey submitted his campaign paperwork for city council and mayor.

Croninger said it’s up to the state Government Accountability Board to determine Kelsey’s eligibility to hold public office.

 

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