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From lockup to landslide: meet DC’s first leader elected from jail

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Washington (AFP) – A few miles from the gleaming sandstone porticos and colonnades of the White House, Washington’s most unlikely elected official has an executive office of his own — a cell in the District of Columbia Jail. Joel Caston — convicted for murder as a teenager a quarter-century ago — is finding redemption through politics after becoming the first prisoner in the US capital ever to be elected to public office. Every day he rises before dawn to study, exercise, and phone the mom he calls his “queen.” Then, like any other local leader, he embarks on a day of solving problems for h…

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