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A MURDERER IS RUNNING FOR SENATE
YOU would think this is a joke, but it’s not. A child is not playing a prank on the voting system. Real life criminal, Leonard Richards, a man serving life in prison for two counts of murder is, in fact, running for Senate and it’s legal. Richards, aged 75, was charged with killing his half-sister in 1982 and his lawyer, Robert Stratton, in 1987. You’d think there is rule against felons running for a position of power. However, in Minnesota, no such rule exists for federal positions and that exact reason led the 75-year-old criminal to be able to run for Senate. This isn’t the first time the felon has shown interest in getting into politics as he has run more than once prior to 2018. In 1992 he went for the DFL primary for the Eighth Congressional District seat, receiving 14,500 votes. In 1994, he also ran for a seat, but only received 4,000 votes. Legal adviser, Bert Black, told Stratton’s sister the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office were aware of the felon’s past. “Richards is allowed to run for federal office because the courts have ruled that we may not prohibit a felon, even one still serving a sentence, from filing an affidavit of candidacy.” He then went on to explain the only definite rules are that the candidate must be or surpass a certain age and must live in the state on Election Day. Due to Richards’ past, Stratton is sure he will not win, but even so, she is set to make sure it is a landslide by making sure no one goes unaware of Richards’ past as she believes one vote for this murderer is simply too many. She also wants to change the requirements of candidacy for federal elections.
JUL. 15, 2018
KAAL-TV
STAR TRIBUNE