- Associated Press - Monday, August 31, 2015

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - A former Albany city commissioner says he’s been forced to give up on running for mayor because of a decade-old criminal conviction.

WALB-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1IzWiQg ) former Commissioner Henry Lee served prison time after he was convicted by a federal jury in 2005 of taking money from business owners in exchange for political favors.

That criminal record keeps Lee from holding office unless the state Board of Pardons and Paroles restores his political rights. Lee said in a statement Monday he made a request to the board in June, but it wasn’t granted.

Lee said he completed his sentence four years ago and has had no legal troubles since.

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Information from: WALB-TV, https://www.walb.com/

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