MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) _ A newly elected Pennsylvania city councilman removed from office because of his 1993 felony drug conviction has been replaced
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1U3x4oe ) says LuEthel Nesbit was elected by McKeesport council to fill the seat won by Corey Sanders in November. She’s the vice president of the city’s NAACP chapter.
The 45-year-old Sanders was forced from his seat after a councilman he defeated complained that Sanders pleaded no contest to dealing crack cocaine and was sentenced to six to 15 years in prison. State law prevents those with felony convictions or other “infamous” crimes from taking elective office.
Sanders, who is Black, is seeking a state pardon and says he’s turned his life around, owning a barbershop, marrying and raising four children.
Mayor Michael Cherepko says it was extremely important to replace Sanders with another minority council member.
Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com