A candidate for Utica Common Council is facing stalking charges after an investigation by the Utica Police Department.

58-Year old Douglas Joslin is accused of threatening and harassing, according to a written statement, "a Utica woman and her family."

According to a written release from Utica Police, Joslin was "...arraigned in Utica City Court and released on his own recognizance.  An order of protection was also issued.  He is to appear at a later date in Utica City Court" to answer the charges.

The charges come just two weeks after the Conservative Party, on whose line Joslin is running for office, recently distanced itself from the candidate.

WIBX post October 13, 2015

Specifically mentioned by Conservative Party Chair Julie Miller was the party's objection to Joslin's use of the acronym "CREEP" in his campaign materials.  Despite the fact that Joslin says "CREEP" stands for "Committee To Review Every Expenditure and Purchase," Miller indicated that it was not appropriate for the party.

Joslin opposes incumbent Common Councilwoman Samantha Colosimo-Testa in the November elections.

Joslin is the third candidate for election recently arrested in Oneida County for either stalking or harassment-related charges.  He joins Democratic Oneida County Legislative Minority Leader Frank Tallarino and his Republican challenger Ronald Townsend, both of whom were charged in August of 2015.

Tallarino is charged with stalking and coercion.  Townsend was charged with forcible touching and harassment.