AL Town Reelects Convicted Mayor

By: AP
By: AP

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- A man who went to federal prison after
being convicted of defrauding the city of Talladega as mayor has
been returned to office.

Larry Barton won a runoff election for mayor on Tuesday with
almost 53 percent of the vote against Harvey Bowlin, a former
revenue commissioner.

Barton was serving his third term as mayor of Talladega in 1995
when he was convicted on federal charges involving theft from the
city. Freed from prison after about three years, he lost runoffs
for mayor in 1999 and 2003.

Barton is now thanking voters for giving him a second chance.

Prosecutors said Barton took $5,900 by having checks written to
a man he claimed to have hired to remove tree stumps around town.

He served time for fraud and money laundering.

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