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David Martinez, a prominent candidate running for a council seat in St. Paul City, was just taken into police custody about a month before the official Election Day. Now, several candidates along with Mayor Melvin Carter are calling for Martinez to voluntarily drop out of the political race.

Martinez, the 38-year-old candidate, is accused of posting illegal material onto his personal political website. Police discovered the suspect had posted a nonconsensual private sexual image of his estranged wife to his website alongside a restraining order she had filed against him. His actions may result in a felony charge, and a felony conviction would bar Martinez from serving on the city council.

While Martinez has been arrested, police have not yet charged the suspect. They are continuing to investigate the situation. The public posting of the restraining order revealed Martinez’s wife’s claims of assault, but the suspect has publicly stated that his wife’s claims are fabricated.

The special election is set to be held on August 14th between Martinez and contenders Mitra Nelson and Shirley Erstad. The candidates are fighting for an open Fourth Ward City Council seat. During an interview after his recent arrest, Martinez explained his desire to continue the political campaign. He has alleged that his personal campaign website was hacked, and he didn’t post the photograph. The University of St. Thomas is scheduled to host a candidate forum this Wednesday, but it looks like the event may be canceled after recent events.