Ousted delegate Tiffany Alston seeks old House seat

Tiffany Alston, the former Prince George's County delegate who was ousted from her House seat in 2013 after a theft conviction, is running to get her old job back.

Alston, a Democrat,  filed her candidacy papers Tuesday night to seek a seat in the 24th District, just minutes before the 9 p.m. deadline for getting on the ballot.

The 36-year-old former lawmaker pleaded guilty in June 2012 to misconduct in office and the theft of $800 from her delegate office account to pay expenses of her law firm. In October of that year she pleaded no contest to a charge she used campaign money to pay some of the expenses of her wedding.

After the second conviction, the state Attorney General's Office ruled that under state law she was automatically suspended from the House and could be replaced by Gov. Martin O'Malley. Alston appealed to the courts but lost. She served only two sessions of her four-year term.

O'Malley appointed former Del. Darren M. Swain to the vacated seat. He is seeking re-election in a crowded Democratic field.

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