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APNewsBreak: Candidate faces challenge after OWI

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By RYAN J. FOLEY

Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- A Democrat running for the Iowa Senate is facing a challenge to his candidacy that claims he's been disqualified to serve after a recent operating while intoxicated conviction.

Paperwork filed Thursday with the Iowa secretary of state and obtained by The Associated Press argues that Tony Bisignano lost his right to vote and hold office after he was convicted in January of operating while intoxicated, second offense.

The challenge is filed by Ned Chiodo, who's running against Bisignano in the primary for the Des Moines Senate seat being vacated by gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch.

Chiodo argues that Bisignano committed an aggravated misdemeanor, which is considered an "infamous crime" under Iowa law and strips offenders of citizenship rights.

The Iowa attorney general's office disagrees, but courts haven't definitively decided the question.

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