Former Oklahoma County Commissioner Brent Rinehart, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor campaign contribution violation in October 2009, filed Friday to run for the Oklahoma House.
Rinehart, a Republican, is seeking to replace Rep. Charlie Joyner, R-Midwest City.
Following his guilty plea, Rinehart was fined $1,000 and received a deferred sentence.
Joyner is seeking re-election. Max Wolfley, a Republican, also is running for the seat, as is Mark DeShazo, a Democrat.
Since Rinehart’s campaign violation was a misdemeanor and did not involve embezzlement, state law doesn’t preclude him from running.
Age at issue
State law also has an age requirement for candidates, and that led to an unusual case this filing period.
David Monlux, 20, sought to file a declaration of candidacy to run for the state House on Wednesday, but state Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax declined to accept it, saying Monlux needed to be at least 21 years old to run.
However, after consulting with Election Board’s general consul, Ziriax accepted the candidacy papers Friday on the basis that Monlux will turn 21 on Nov. 29, and that’s before the Nov. 4 election results are officially certified by the Oklahoma Legislature in January.