- Joel Caston enters the record books after becoming the first incarcerated election winner in the US capital
- The worship leader emerged the victor after beating four other prisoners polling a total of 48 votes from 142 that was cast
- 44-year-old Caston who had served 18 months so far for a felony offence will perform oversight functions for numerous projects
An inmate has made history by becoming the first incarcerated person to win an election in Washington D.C.
44-year-old American Joel Caston, who is worship leader, clinched the race for advisory neighbourhood commissioner.
He will oversee several projects, including D.C jail, the prison in which he is incarcerated.
Those appointed to the position serve for two years but without pay. Caston ran against four other inmates and received 48 out of the cast 142 votes.
According to reports, Caston has been imprisoned for 18 months for a felony offence.
In the papers he submitted before his election, Caston said he served as a worship leader in prison. He also served as the editor for a newspaper at the jail.
"Imagine a single-member district where every voice matters, every concern is heard, and every person is valued," he said after the victory.
Caston was described as kind, a natural leader, intelligent, and thoughtful.
Prison returnee to succeed Buhari?
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a pastor had revealed that a man who was recently released from prison will succeed Buhari as the next president of Nigeria.
Though the cleric did not mention any name, he stated that the former governor he is referring to was recently released from prison.
The declaration by the cleric fits the description of the ex-Abia state governor, Orji Kalu, who currently serves in the Nigeria Senate.
His statement read in part:
“I got a revelation about Nigeria’s political dynamics in the next general election. I saw a man in Prison (now released) and this man has been a former Governor from the South East taking over from President Buhari."