- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An election winner who was convicted of a felony in 1997 is asking the governor to restore his right to hold public office by Monday morning, when he’s scheduled to be sworn in.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1ALYQOk) Matthew Aragon beat out an incumbent and two other candidates Tuesday for a seat on the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District board.

He was convicted in 1997 of shooting at an occupied vehicle or dwelling. Aragon says he served six months of work release and the rest of his nine-year sentence was suspended.

Group spokesman Tom Thorpe says the board tried to have Aragon removed from the ballot. A district court judge ruled that convicted felons can’t hold office, but can run for election if they meet all other candidate requirements.

The governor’s office did not respond to requests for comment.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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