Baltimore city council brushes aside criminal past, picks ex-felon for open seat

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A committee responsible for filling a vacancy on Baltimore’s city council has nominated William A. “Pete” Welch, despite concerns about past criminal offenses, according to a report in Friday’s Baltimore Sun.

The opening occurred when Welch’s mother, Agnes Welch, retired in December after 27 years on the council. Welch worked for nearly 30 years as an aide to his mother.

Among his past criminal offenses,  in 1999, Welch pleaded guilty to firing a gun amid a group of angry poll workers, and in the following year, was convicted of paying poll workers, which was illegal at the time.

In 2004, he plead guilty to two counts of failing to file campaign finance disclosure reports while treasurer of his mother’s election campaign, and one count of perjury for signing an affidavit saying the filings were complete and accurate.

One councilman, Robert W. Curran, who nominated Welch, said that his relationship with the 9th District made him the best candidate for the job.

A full council vote of all 15 members is scheduled for Monday.

The Baltimore Sun

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