A 20-year-old Democrat who admitted to sending revenge porn and harassing girls online when he was younger has won a seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, unofficial results show.
Aaron Coleman, who ran unopposed for the state’s 37th district, received nearly 3,500 votes, comfortably topping the roughly 2,000 write-in votes cast on Election Day, according to the Wyandotte County Election Office.
The controversial newcomer confessed earlier this year to “bullying, revenge porn and blackmail” during middle school, calling them “the actions of a sick and troubled 14-year-old boy.”
“There’s no such thing as a perfect candidate, and I’ll be the first to admit I’ve made mistakes,” he wrote on Facebook at the time.
The stunning admission, paired with accusations of abuse toward women, led Kansas Democrats to disown their own candidate. But Coleman managed to beat incumbent Rep. Stan Frownfelte in an August primary by just 14 votes, according to The Kansas City Star.
The newly elected lawmaker ran on a progressive agenda, supporting Medicare for All, the Green New Deal and the legalization of recreational marijuana.
“People’s Democracy has returned to the free state of Kansas after 110 years,” he said in a Facebook post Wednesday. “Thank you to all of my supporters. This campaign would not have been possible without you. I promise to work hard to serve the residents of this district.”
Following his primary win in the summer, Coleman’s ex-girlfriend accused him of violently attacking a year earlier.
The 21-year-old woman, Taylor Passow, told news outlets that she had been dating him for about a month when he tried pressuring her into a threesome. When Passow refused, Coleman choked and slapped her, she claimed.
The young politician also told Passow to commit suicide, writing in a text message obtained by GEN that he hoped she got “abducted raped chopped up and have ya pieces scattered around and Burnt in different locations."
The district he was elected to represent covers the Kansas City neighborhoods of Turner and Argentine.
©2020 New York Daily News
Visit New York Daily News at www.nydailynews.com
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.