Former county councilman Ebert Beeman is looking to run for office once again this fall. But will he be allowed? According to Doug Smith, Erie County Clerk of Elections, that answer is no.
Earlier this month, Beeman went into the elections office to pick up needed paper work to run once again for office this fall. This time, as an independent.
Smith said should Beeman, or someone on his behalf, circulate and turn those papers in, they will not be accepting them. Reason being is that Beeman was convicted of security fraud, and under the Pennsylvania state constitution, he cannot be a candidate, or hold office, because of those crimes.
Smith said this decision is one they believe is in the best interest of all voters.
Beeman is currently serving that 120-day sentence in country prison for driving on a suspended license, that however, is not a factor in the decision.
"It was the social security crimes that he was convicted of committing, which fall into the category of infamous crimes under the state constitution, they involve finance and fraud."
We reached out to Beeman's attorney Buzz Andrezeski. No word as of Friday night whether or not Beeman will continue his run for office.
Smith says they are prepared to deal with whatever that decision may be.