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Last Updated | Jul 9 2003 06:24 PM CDT

Candidate for mayor supported by Klan

OTTAWA - A woman who says she has received funding from the Ku Klux Klan is running for mayor of Ottawa.

Donna Upson is running for Ottawa mayor

Donna Upson is running for Ottawa mayor

Donna Upson filed her nomination papers in May, and is now among five candidates for the job.

Upson denies she's a card-carrying member of any white-supremacist group. She says she's running on a "socialist platform."

The National Socialist Movement bills itself as "the largest Nazi party in the United States."

In a recent news release, the group congratulates Upson for challenging what it calls "the Canadian Government's vicious anti-white-patriot sentiment."

Upson says she's been receiving donations from members of that group and others, including the Ku Klux Klan.

"Well, I think that they have a lot of strong points. I think that what they're doing is very good. I think that they're trying to keep the races separate and pure. They're not a hate group," Upson says.

In July 2000, at the age of 22, Upson was sentenced to two years in prison for threatening to kill the pastor of a mainly black congregation in Nova Scotia.

A judge said Upson had no hope of rehabilitation unless she renounced her racist beliefs. She says she has. But her current platform includes a call for a European heritage week, and for Ottawa police to establish what she calls an "immigrant crime unit."

Upson says she's been getting donations locally, too, although she's not saying how much she's collected. She says those local donors are aware of her views.

"Yes they are. They don't have a problem with it. Because they know that my plans for the city affect all people."

Ottawa voters go to the polls Nov. 10.

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