Candidate who admitted to revenge porn wins Kansas state House seat

Candidate who admitted to revenge porn wins Kansas state House seat
© Facebook.com

A 20-year-old candidate who admitted to spreading revenge porn has apparently won a state House seat in Kansas.

Aaron Coleman, a Democrat, was the only candidate on the ballot this week running for Kansas House District 37, though he faced a write-in campaign from two other contenders, including seven-term Democratic incumbent state Rep. Stan Frownfelter, who Coleman defeated in a primary in August.

Unofficial election results show Coleman ahead with 3,496 votes compared to 2,013 write-in votes, local ABC affiliate KAKE reported.

ADVERTISEMENT

A local canvassing board will meet Nov. 16 to review additional provisional ballots, though Wyandotte County Election Commissioner Bruce Newby said he did not expect there to be enough mail-in votes to change the result, noting write-in ballots would also likely go to multiple candidates.

“Quite honestly, there’s no hope there,” the commissioner said of Coleman losing his lead, KAKE reported.

Coleman thanked supporters on social media Tuesday, saying, "Now that all advance ballots have been counted, a victory of the working class in District 37 appears almost certain. People's Democracy has returned to the free state of Kansas after 110 years."

Coleman, who won his August primary by just 14 votes, faced scrutiny after he admitted in June to circulating revenge porn and cyberbullying girls while in middle school.

He announced in August that he would be dropping his bid for the state House race before reversing his decision, saying he received encouragement to remain the Democratic nominee.

Coleman apologized for his past conduct in June, saying they were the actions of a "sick and troubled 14-year-old boy."

In May 2015, he faced a felony count of making a criminal threat but pleaded guilty to a harassment misdemeanor charge, KAKE reported.

Kansas's Democratic Party disavowed Coleman for his past conduct and a party spokesperson pointed KAKE to a statement from Chairwoman Vicki Hiatt saying Coleman is "unfit to serve" in the Legislature.