Convicted sexual predator running for Coalinga City Council as write-in candidate

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A convicted child sex predator who’s currently being housed in a state mental hospital in Coalinga wants to run for city council district 5 seat. 

An election flyer is being passed around the state hospital telling inmates to vote for Micheal St. Martin as a write-in candidate for the district 5 seat. 

St. Martin is a convicted felon from San Diego who was convicted for molesting children. 

“First off, I don’t believe he’s a qualified candidate. Second off, I don’t believe he was able to win that he could represent the people effectively of that district not being able to leave that state hospital,” Coalinga Mayor Nathan Vosburg  said. 

According to the Fresno County Clerk Brandi Orth, there are no qualified write-in candidates running for Coalinga city council. 

According to the Secretary of State’s office, votes for un-qualified write-in candidates will not be counted. 

Vosburg said these inmates are also trying to derail a public safety tax by voting against Measure J. 

A one cent tax that would fund police and medical emergency agencies.

Two years ago, the patients at the hospital were successful in striking down a similar measure for public safety forcing the city to layoff workers. 

“I believe they are temporary residents. I don’t believe they can be released into our society. I don’t believe they’re going to productive members of our society,”Vosburg said. 

Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2466 allowing felons, who are not serving a felony sentence or on parole to vote.

The state hospital houses inmates who have completed their sentence but are deemed a threat to the public as sexually violent predators.

Vosburg said there are 963 eligible voters in district five and 342 voters are housed in the state hospital. 

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