"On paper I look like a horrible person," 42-year-old Micael Persson said to the local Borås Tidning daily.
Persson was previously president of the Bandidos Borås chapter and has served several long prison sentences. According to a report in the newspaper in 2007 he was the only member of the chapter entitled to wear the Bandidos vest indicating full member status.
He features 11 times in the criminal register and has among other things, served four and a half years in prison for serious drug offences, attempted aggravated drug trafficking and weapons violations.
He did not feature on the Sweden Democrat candidate lists for the 2014 election as he has recently moved to the area. He claimed his place on the powerful 9 person municipal executive committee after he was directly nominated by the party.
The board members have since been confirmed by the municipal council.