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Mayoral Candidate Under Investigation

Image from the City of Tomah website with Kelsey's picture.  He is no longer on the Tomah City Council Image from the City of Tomah website with Kelsey's picture. He is no longer on the Tomah City Council
TOMAH, Wis. (WXOW) The Monroe County District Attorney's office continues to investigate mayoral candidate Le Roy Kelsey.  
The case is examining whether Kelsey knowingly made a false statement under oath by marking "no" on his mayoral candidate form that he was never convicted of a felon.

Le Roy Kelsey was convicted of a felony in 1990 for taking $7,000 from the Sparta American Legion.  It is against the law to run for a state office if you have a felony conviction.  When you fill out the paper work to run for Mayor,  you're asked if you have ever been convicted of a felony.  Kelsey checked "no", said Tomah City Administrator Roger Gorius.

Kelsey told News 19 that he believed at the time that his felony was reduced to a misdemeanor.  He would not comment any further on his case.

Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger confirms an investigator is looking into possible charges against Kelsey.  The investigation focus is on whether Kelsey knowingly falsified his candidate documents. D.A. Croninger hopes to wrap up the investigation by the end of the week.

Gorius said Kelsey was notified by the Department of Justice that he can not run for Tomah Mayor.  However, Gorius said his name will remain on the ballot because it's past the deadline for candidate filing.

If Kelsey wins the popular vote in April's election, by law he will not be able to be sworn into office.  Gorius said the city would then have to appoint someone to fill the Mayoral seat until another election can be held.

Kelsey has stepped down from his role on the City Council.

Shannon Hough is the other mayoral candidate on the ballot. 
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