Election event canceled as jailed St. Paul candidate says he's not dropping out

David Martinez was arrested on Monday under Minnesota's revenge porn laws.
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Organizations in St. Paul have canceled an election event scheduled for Wednesday in the wake of the arrest of one of the Ward 4 candidates.

David Martinez was arrested by police under Minnesota's revenge porn laws on Monday, after a blog post appeared on his website showing a topless picture of his wife, shortly after she'd filed a restraining order against him.

It follows 2 earlier incidents with the rookie politician reported last week, which saw him banned from St. Paul libraries and Target Field after being abusive to security staff.

Martinez had been invited to participate in a candidate forum hosted by the University of Saint Thomas and the Macalester-Groveland Community Council alongside fellow candidates Shirley Erstad and Mitra Jalali Nelson, ahead of the Ward 4 special election on Aug. 14.

But on Tuesday, the community council announced it was canceling the forum "given the current circumstances and recent events."

"The forum will not be rescheduled," it adds.

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Martinez has told the Pioneer Press that he will not be dropping out of the race, telling the newspaper from the Ramsey County Jail that he had been hacked and hadn't posted the photo.

He said everything that's happened to him is "exactly what I've been ... calling out," blaming the "political machine" that "will silence you" if it doesn't like you.

Authorities have not yet made a decision on whether to charge Martinez, after he was arrested on suspicion of non-consensual dissemination of private images.

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