This Fort Worth Council candidate convicted of armed robbery is eligible to take office


Eric Richardson, Candidate for Fort Worth City Council whose eligibility was questioned due to a serious conviction more than 20 years ago, The city secretary said on Tuesday.

Richardson, 39, was convicted in 1999 in Washington State of using an unloaded 9 mm pistol to steal a few dollars. He was 17 at the time.

On April 16, Fort Worth Mayor Mary Kaiser ruled that Richardson was not eligible for a job after being presented with a document confirming Richardson’s conviction. But on Tuesday, Kaiser overturned the decision after reviewing evidence that Richardson’s rights had been restored.

State law prohibits felony offenders from committing felony unless they are pardoned or regained full citizenship, but felony does not specify all means by which they can be reinstated. .. Does state law say that candidates must be pardoned from felony? “Otherwise, you are free from the resulting obstacles.” Legislators have recently proposed clearing or eliminating boundaries.

Kaiser said in a letter to Richardson Snohomish County Washington Judge Cassandra Lopez-Show He will restore his civil rights, which will come into effect on Thursday, in time for being eligible for Saturday’s election.

“I hereby declare that I am eligible to run as a candidate for a councilor in District 9 of Fort Worth,” Kayser wrote.

Richardson didn’t immediately return the phone and email requesting comment.

He notes that he is a registered voter and claims that his rights have been fully restored. On the Facebook page of his campaign, he states that he will provide proof that he is eligible.

He recently appeared on stage with Steve Penate, a candidate for mayor, at Mercy Culture, an evangelical church north of downtown. Behind them, a huge red sign says “Please visit stevepenateformayor.com”. Vicar Landon Schott gathered support for the pair and called on the congregation to take over the city hall.

Shot is a video of the service posted on Richardson’s Facebook page, where attempts to remove him from the ballot have nothing to do with his criminal conviction, but with Richardson being a conservative Christian. Insisted on worshipers.

“This has nothing to do with politics. He was disqualified because he said,’I stand in Bible values,'” said Schott.

Kaiser had previously said that even if Richardson remained ineligible, his name would have remained on the ballot.

Another District 9 candidate, Darien George, told Star Telegram earlier this month that he would withdraw from the race after facing criticism of aggressive behavior, including blasphemous language. In another candidate after the Near South Side Forum.. George said he faced his own harassment.

In Arlington, mayoral candidate Jerry Warden was kicked out of the ballot after opposition Jim Ross filed a complaint.Warden Conviction of multiple serious offenses and lifetime registration It is on the state sex offender registration. He told Star Telegram that his rights had been restored.

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