City council candidate speaks out on felony conviction
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
WACO -- Fox 44 has obtained arrest records for a man running for City Council in Bellmead. Adrian Huff admits to his past felony conviction for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and says it's best to get it out in the open.
Huff was hoping to replace Doss Youngblood as Bellmead's Precinct 5 Councilman, but after admitting to stealing a car in 1979, Huff won't be serving the city.
"It was a violation of the law. I did my time, and I learned from it, and progressed form it, and all this was such a long time ago," Huff told Fox 44.
In the 70's, an 18-year-old Huff was helping a man steal cars from sale lots until he decided it was wrong. That's when Huff says he stole his last car to get back home to Bellmead.
"The Sheriff's Department came rolling up our driveway and took me away," said Huff.
Huff served two years in prison for the crime, and he didn't think it would disqualify him from the City Council.
"I read a list of qualifications and a list of disqualifications, and nowhere in there did I see that it was a disqualification. So I didn't find it pertinent to go telling everybody my old history."
However, officials say being a convicted felon does prohibit you from running for city office.
Councilman Youngblood's campaign manager, Julie Sykora, says they thought it was important to tell the people.
"We got to a point where it [campaigning] was getting more and more malicious. Things were being said, and it was coming out, flyers were coming out on Mr. Youngblood that were so negative. So we had to do something," said Sykora.
Even after exposing Huff's felony conviction, that doesn't mean Youngblood will automatically be re-elected.
If Huff wins the vote, he won't be allowed to serve. Instead, the City Council will appoint someone new. Which means Youngblood can still lose.
Early voting has already started in Bellmead, and we will know what the people think after May 14th.