I suppose the argument could be made that there’s no candidate more qualified

Xadrian R. McCraven has a criminal history that includes “at least” 24 arrests on charges including arson, illegal gun possession, attempted robbery, drug possession and aggravated assault, according to federal court records.

He’s also an Illinois state prison official.

On the job since July 1, he makes $110,000 a year as an administrator with the Illinois Department of Corrections, according to records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

McCraven, 44, who lives in Chicago, pleaded guilty to a weapons charge in 1989 and was found guilty of reckless conduct in 1998 in connection with a domestic-battery arrest, records show.

He was fired last year from another state job, with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, but reached a settlement with the child-welfare agency earlier this year that rescinded his firing, awarded him back pay and called for him to be transferred from DCFS to an administrative job with the state prison system.

He’s now a senior policy adviser to the agency’s chief of parole, doing audits “of the implementation of policy, facilities use and management and job performance,” Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says.

Previously: Chicago politician fresh out of prison is running to replace politician headed to prison