Mayoral Candidate Fined $1,000

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Capitol City mayoral candidate who wants to rid the city of its Code Enforcement Department was fined $1,000 for failing to maintain a vacant home he owns.

Under the sentence imposed January 25, Randal Trackwell has 60 days to fix the home or he could face two months in jail. A judge will assess progress on the home during a hearing set for April 12, ten days after the general election.

The 66-year-old candidate plans to appeal. He says Topeka Code Enforcement officers stole lumber he purchased to fix the two-bedroom home and were unclear about what needed to be done.

Trackwell calls the department "property police," and describes it as something a Communist nation would have.