Hamilton Councilman Kesari Resigns After Conviction

The Hamilton Town Council is looking for a new member following the resignation of Councilman Dimitri Kesari.

Kesari, who served as deputy campaign manager for former Rep. Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential bid, was convicted of covering up a $73,000 payoff for an endorsement from an Iowa state senator. On Sept. 21, he was sentenced to serve three months in federal prison. Kesari continued to serve on the council pending an appeal of his conviction despite suggestions that he resign.

Oct. 11, Kesari wrote Mayor Dave Simpson that he was resigning his seat on council effective immediately. The item was placed on the agenda for an executive session discussion at the Oct. 17 council meeting to discuss how best to move forward.

The council took no action during closed session, but following the meeting the mayor instructed Town Treasurer Lori Jones to post the vacancy on the town website and place a flier in the window of the town office.

Applications are sought for candidates to be appointed to fill Kesari’s unexpired term, which ends June 30, 2018. The successful candidate can choose to run for an elected term in May 2018.

At the time of his resignation, Kesari was well into his second term in office, having been elected in 2010 and 2014. At the time of his resignation, Kesari served on the Water and Sewer Committee.

Interested individuals must be a qualified voter of the town as defined in the Code of Virginia. To date, Jones has not received any responses. Under state law, the appointment must be made within 45 days of Kesari’s resignation.


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