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.
Until the results are certified, the election period is open, and the age requirement applies only after the period ends, the board’s attorney said.
Monlux, R-Oklahoma City, is seeking to succeed Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, who is term-limited.
Also running for that seat on the Republican side are Chad Olsen, Chris Kannady, Scott Esk and Jon Painter. Trey Puckett is running as a Democrat.
Paula Sophia, a transgender Oklahoma City police officer who once sued the department and has now retired from the force, is running for an open seat in the Oklahoma House.
Sophia, a Democrat, is running for House District 88 in central Oklahoma City.
She joined the police department in 1992 after serving with the U.S. Army in Desert Storm. She became a woman in 2001 and filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the department in 2004. The lawsuit was settled and she returned to the department.