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  James M. Turner (1928-1981) — of Woodbury, Gloucester County, N.J. Born November 8, 1928. Republican. Member of New Jersey state house of assembly District 3-B; elected 1969; member of New Jersey state senate District 3-A, 1972-73; removed 1973; defeated, 1973 (3rd District); convicted in 1973 of accepting a $10,000 bribe to "fix" a stolen property case, and conspiring to frame Assemblyman Kenneth A. Gewertz, by planting narcotics in his home and his car. Died July 20, 1981 (age 52 years, 254 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Frederick William Richmond (b. 1923) — also known as Frederick W. Richmond; Fred Richmond — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Massachusetts, November 15, 1923. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964; U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 1975-82. Jewish. Arrested in Washington, D.C., in 1978 for soliciting sex from a minor and from an undercover police officer; pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. In 1982, charged with tax evasion, marijuana possession, and improper payments to a federal employee, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year and a day in prison; served nine months. Still living as of 1998.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
Basil W. Brown Basil W. Brown (1927-1997) — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich.; Highland Park, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Vandalia, Cass County, Mich., March 20, 1927. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; lawyer; member of Michigan state senate, 1957-88 (3rd District 1957-64, 6th District 1965-74, 3rd District 1975-82, 2nd District 1983-88); resigned 1988; in 1985, a prostitute working for the police went to visit him several times, and exchanged sex for marijuana and cocaine; arrested November 8, 1985; pleaded guilty in 1987 and resigned from the Senate; sentenced to six months in jail, fines, and probation; his law license was also suspended; the state supreme court threw out the conviction in 1991. Episcopalian. African ancestry. Member, Kappa Alpha Psi; Elks; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Amvets; NAACP. Injured in a fire at his home, while also suffering cancer, and died two weeks later, in Harper Hospital, Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., October 28, 1997 (age 70 years, 222 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married, June 8, 1950, to Ermajeanne Seeger.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Image source: Michigan Manual 1957-58
  James E. Roark (b. 1945) — also known as Mike Roark; "Mad Dog" — of Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va. Born in Nitro, Kanawha County, W.Va., 1945. Republican. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War; lawyer; mayor of Charleston, W.Va., 1983-87; resigned 1987. Indicted in August, 1987, on felony charges of possessing and distributing cocaine, and conspiring to obstruct the investigation by inducing a witness to commit perjury; pleaded guilty to misdemeanors in November, and resigned as mayor. Still living as of 1987.
  Clarence M. Mitchell III (b. 1939) — of Baltimore, Md. Born in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn., December 14, 1939. Democrat. Member of Maryland state house of delegates, 1963-66; member of Maryland state senate District 10, 1967-86; Indicted in 1987, along with his brother, by a federal grand jury in connection with the a bribery investigation of Wedtech Corporation; convicted of accepting $50,000 to stop the Congressional investigation of Wedtech; sentenced to two and a half years in prison; convicted in 1988 of obstructing an investigation of Baltimore drug dealer Melvin D. 'Little Melvin' Williams, and sentenced to two years in prison; charged in 1988 with failure to file income tax returns; tried and acquitted. African ancestry. Member, NAACP; Urban League; Kappa Alpha Psi; Freemasons; Jaycees. Still living as of 1988.
  Relatives: Son of Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. (1911-1984) and Juanita Elizabeth (Jackson) Mitchell (1913-1992); brother of Michael Bowen Mitchell (1945-); father of Clarence M. Mitchell IV; nephew of Parren James Mitchell; uncle of Keiffer Jackson Mitchell, Jr..
  Political family: Mitchell family of Baltimore, Maryland.
  Róger Calero (b. 1969) — of Bronx, Bronx County, N.Y. Born in Nicaragua, 1969. Socialist. Not U.S. citizen; meat packer; journalist; convicted of sale of marijuana, 1988; arrested in 2002, at the Houston airport, while returning from Cuba, and jailed, while deportation proceedings were started, but released in 2003; Socialist Workers candidate for President of the United States, 2004, 2008; Socialist Workers candidate for U.S. Senator from New York, 2006; Socialist Workers candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 15th District, 2010. Nicaraguan ancestry. Still living as of 2010.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Marion S. Barry, Jr. (1936-2014) — also known as Marion Barry — of Washington, D.C. Born in Itta Bena, Leflore County, Miss., March 6, 1936. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1972 (alternate), 1980, 1996; mayor of Washington, D.C., 1979-91, 1995-99; convicted in 1990 of misdemeanor cocaine possession after being caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine; sentenced to six months in prison. African ancestry. Member, Alpha Phi Alpha. Died in Washington, D.C., November 23, 2014 (age 78 years, 262 days). Interment at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Critical books about Marion Barry: Jonetta Rose Barras, The Last of the Black Emperors : The Hollow Comeback of Marion Barry in a New Age of Black Leaders
  Charles Richard Imbrecht (1949-2000) — also known as Charles R. Imbrecht — of Ventura, Ventura County, Calif.; Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif. Born in Ventura, Ventura County, Calif., February 4, 1949. Republican. Lawyer; member of California state assembly 36th District, 1976-82; candidate for California state senate 18th District, 1982. Lutheran. Pleaded guilty in 1997 to charges of drunk driving and marijuana possession and served one month in jail. Died, apparently from a heart attack, in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, Calif., January 18, 2000 (age 50 years, 348 days). Interment at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, Ventura, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of Earl Richard Imbrecht and Hazel Victoria (Berg) Imbrecht; married, September 23, 1979, to Alida Margit Bergseid.
  Arthur E. Teele (1946-2005) — also known as Art Teele — of Florida. Born in Prince George's County, Md., May 14, 1946. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war; lawyer; director, U.S. Urban Mass Transportation Administration, 1981-83; Presidential Elector for Florida, 1992; as Miami city commissioner in 1997-2004, he chaired the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA); an investigation of corruption in the agency, started in 2003, led to charges that he had accepted $135,000 in kickbacks from two construction companies; as a result, he was removed from office in 2004 by Gov. Jeb Bush; in August, 2004, when he and his wife were under surveillance, he drove his car at a police detective in an attempt to run him over, and also threatened to kill police officers who had been following his wife during the investigation; convicted in March 2005 on charges related to this incident; indicted on July 14, 2005, on federal conspiracy and money laundering charges, over a scheme to fraudulently obtain contracts for electrical work at the Miami International Airport through a "minority-owned" shell company; published police reports revealed that he had put his mistress on the CRA payroll, that he regularly bought and used cocaine, and that he frequently made use of a male prostitute. Church of God in Christ. African ancestry. Member, Kappa Alpha Psi; NAACP; Freemasons. Came to the offices of the Miami Herald newspaper, and shot himself in the head with a semiautomatic pistol; he died two hours later in the trauma unit of Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Miami-Dade County, Fla., July 27, 2005 (age 59 years, 74 days). Interment at Culley's MeadowWood Memorial Park, Tallahassee, Fla.
  Relatives: Married to Stephanie Kerr.
  See also Wikipedia article — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  John M. Fabrizi (born c.1957) — of Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Conn. Born about 1957. Democrat. School teacher; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 2000; mayor of Bridgeport, Conn., 2003-07; admitted in June 2006 that he had used cocaine, and did not seek re-election. Still living as of 2007.
  Nick Severson (born c.1983) — of Vermillion, Clay County, S.Dak. Born about 1983. Pleaded guilty in May 2010 to a misdemeanor charge of ingesting marijuana, and fined $500; candidate for mayor of Vermillion, S.Dak., 2010. Still living as of 2010.
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