New information has come out that a Tomah mayoral
candidate is a convicted felon.
Le Roy Kelsey was convicted of taking nearly 7-thousand
dollars from the Sparta Amercian Legion back in 1990.
That may seem like a long time ago....but Wisconsin
state law says no person can hold public office if
convicted of a felony.
News 8's Kyle Dimke has more on this developing story.
Mark and Lisa.....Le Roy Kelsey declined an on camera
interview but told me on the phone today that he thought
his conviction in 19-90 was changed to a misdemeanor.
He said he served his time .
and thought that was all in his past.
An investigation into the allegations is now underway.
The Monroe County District Attorney was informed Monday
that Tomah Mayoral Candidate LeRoy Kelsey has a felony
conviction on his record.
DA: 3- So that's something that was obviously an immediate
concern we looked into that and then also notified
the department of Justice
and the Governement Accountability
Board so they could take the steps that they need
to take related to that issue.
Now the investigation begins.
DA: 4- My offices role in this would be to look into
any potential criminal charges and before we make
any sort of allegation its important that we have
all the facts related to it
The Tomah City Administrator says the election goes
on as planned.
CA: 2- At this point its beyond challenge so that
candidate will remain on the ballot as long as possible
and will run through the election.
The city administrator says if Mr.
Kelsey wins the election he will not be able to be
sworn into office unless granted a pardon by Governor
CA: 4- if that person were to win and was not able
to swear in it would be up to the common council to
appoint a member to stand as mayor unitl we had a
special election or until we run another election
and it would probably be my recommendation to run
the election in the fall.
Shannon Hough is running against Kelsey for Mayor.
She says Kelsey has let down the people of Tomah.
SH: My inital reaction was just kind of shock that
this was even an issue that no one has ever questioned
even though it seemed like a lot of people knew about
it from what I was told.
Kelsey did tell me that he is working with the Justice
Department and is trying to get the conviction changed
to a misdemeanor.
He said he's worked hard to get his life back in order.
There has been no time table set for when a decision
will be made.
Voters go to the polls on April first.