A former Democratic congressional candidate in North Georgia is accused of violating his probation on a DUI conviction, which previously led to him running his campaign from a jail cell.
Steven Foster, 62, is back in the Whitfield County jail after allegedly not completing a DUI class, the Dalton Daily Citizen-News reported Thursday. He faces a misdemeanor probation violation charge.
Connie Hall-Scott, the former communications director for Foster’s congressional campaign for Georgia’s 14th District, told the newspaper she believed he had 36 days left on his probation as of Thursday.
Foster, a businessman and former physician from Dalton, was sentenced to serve six months in jail and six months on probation after being convicted of DUI on Aug. 7 last year, AJC.com previously reported.
Despite being urged by party officials and his hometown newspaper to step down from the race, he remained on the ballot and continued his campaign against Republican incumbent Tom Graves of Ranger. Graves won in a 55-point landslide on Nov. 6, which is also the day Foster was released from jail.
Foster has been surrounded by controversy and criminal accusations for more than two decades.
He was investigated by the U.S. Army on allegations he stole surplus military boats to deliver humanitarian aid to Hurricane Mitch victims in the late 1990s. Four of his charitable group’s employees were charged with cocaine trafficking by Honduran police.
In 2002, he was also stripped of his Georgia medical license for failing to take a mental and physical examination in addition to being hit with hundreds of thousands of dollars in local, state and federal tax liens, state records show. He now owns the site of an "adults only, clothing-optional lifestyle retreat" in North Georgia.
As of Friday night, he remained in jail without bond, jail records show.
Zachary Hansen, a Georgia native, covers economic development and commercial real estate for the AJC. He's been with the newspaper since 2018 and enjoys diving into complex stories that affect people's lives.