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Former Oklahoma County commissioner, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor campaign contribution violation, files to run for Oklahoma House seat

Former Oklahoma County Commissioner Brent Rinehart is running for state House, five years after pleading guilty to misdemeanor campaign contribution violation.
by Rick Green Modified: April 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm •  Published: April 12, 2014

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.

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by Rick Green
Capitol Bureau Chief
Rick Green is the Capitol Bureau Chief of The Oklahoman. A graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., he worked as news editor for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City before joining The Oklahoman.
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