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Former official once jailed for misconduct running for House

FILE - In a Sept. 1, 2008 file photo, Maryland delegate John R. Leopold stands on the floor of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. Judge Dennis Sweeney on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, found Anne Arundel county Executive John Leopold guilty of misconduct in office for using his security detail for political activity. Sweeney also found Leopold guilty of misconduct in office for making a secretary and members of his police detail empty his urine catheter bag. The judge called it "simply outrageous" and an example of "overbearing arrogance." The judge acquitted Leopold of spending $10,000 in overtime pay to use members of security detail for his benefit. Leopold also was acquitted of using some of that overtime money to conceal a personal relationship with a woman. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A former Anne Arundel County executive who resigned in 2013 after being convicted of misconduct in office has filed to run for a seat in the House of Delegates.

John Leopold filed Friday to run for an open seat in Anne Arundel County.

Leopold, a 74-year-old Republican, spent 30 days in jail after a judge found him guilty of using members of his security detail to perform political activities while on the job and for having his secretary empty his urine catheter bag.

District 31B has two House seats. One is held by Del. Nic Kipke, who is running for re-election. The other seat is open, because Del. Meagan Simonaire isn’t running for re-election. Republican Brian Chisholm also has filed to run, as well as Harry Freeman, a Democrat.

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