Hearing Set in Challenge to Iowa Senate Candidate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A panel will consider next week whether an Iowa Senate candidate is eligible to hold public office after his third conviction for driving drunk.

The Iowa Secretary of State's Office said Friday the hearing on Anthony Bisignano's eligibility will be March 19.

One of Bisignano's opponents in the Democratic primary for a seat representing Des Moines filed a challenge Thursday arguing that Bisignano has lost the right to vote and hold office following his January conviction for operating while intoxicated, second-offense.

The opponent, Ned Chiodo, argues that is an infamous crime under Iowa law that results in the loss of citizenship rights.

Bisignano disagrees, citing an informal legal opinion by the Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller's Office.

An attorney general's spokesman says the office is reviewing the opinion.
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