Panel: Bisignano should stay on ballot

Tony Bisignano

A panel of state officials has concluded that former state lawmaker Tony Bisignano should be allowed to run for the Iowa Senate.

Attorney General Tom Miller, Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, and State Auditor Mary Mosiman considered a challenge by one of Bisignano’s primary opponents, Ned Chiodo, who claims Bisignano is disqualified from running because he was convicted of second-offense drunken driving in January.

Chiodo’s attorney, Gary Dickey, argues that the aggravated misdemeanor falls under the constitutional definition of an infamous crime, which means Bisignano cannot vote or hold public office.

Miller says a law passed by the Legislature in 1994 defines infamous crimes as felonies and the courts are likely to uphold that law. Schultz and Mosiman agree.

Chiodo’s attorney plans to appeal the decision to the courts.

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