The election of a man with felony convictions may surprise people, but such things are not a disqualifier for running for office....Nor should they be...Whatever happened to redemption ? Apparently some have questioned why Chris Miller was "allowed" to run for mayor of Gouverneur.
Voters judge candidates and in their own ways decide if such things as criminal records are relevant. It's not different than judging experience, marital status, family values, occupation, military service, religion (or lack of),sexual preference, or any of a long list of things people may use as their own criteria. Some people decide based on gender or race. Some attempt to judge based on platform or ideas.
Routinely, things like divorces, DWI's, bankruptcies, judgements and the life are deemed not relevant by the media and by extension the voters. That may be what happened in Gouverneur, as I am sure Miller's past was known. In fact, it was the support of the local police department that was said to be a factor in his win.
So Mayor Chris Miller is the people's choice and he gets to be mayor of the village with the giant roll of LifeSavers in its downtown.
Gouverneur Mayor's election justified by law - YNN, Your News Now