According to Wisconsin law, a person cannot hold or run for a public office
if he or she is a non-pardoned convicted felon. With that in mind, seems as though the upcoming Tomah mayoral race will be altered slightly. WIZM news has learned that current alderman and mayoral candidate, Leroy Kelsey was tried and convicted of felony theft by fraud back in 1990.
Kelsey was appointed to the Tomah City Council back in 2011, ran for re-election and won and is now on the April first Spring ballot. In both instances, Kelsey signed a Declaration of Candidacy form. That declaration contains a sworn statement that the person has not been convicted of any felony for which they have not been pardoned.
We talked with the Monroe County District Attorney’s office and D.A. Kevin Croninger said an investigation will be started. Tomah City Clerk JoAnn Cram, who told us she had no idea Kelsey was a convicted felon, said she will consult with the City Attorney. After calling Kelsey himself……he let out a brief pause……then hung up with us.