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Ex-Longtime Assemblyman Morse Arberry Running For Congress

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former longtime Nevada Assemblyman Morse Arberry Jr. is throwing his hat in the ring of an already-crowded Democratic congressional primary.

Arberry filed documents Tuesday to run for the 4th Congressional District seat held by Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy.

Arberry served in the Assembly from 1984-2010. Term limits prevented him from seeking another legislative term.

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The Nevada Attorney General's Office filed six felony counts against him for depositing about $120,000 in campaign checks into his personal account, but those were dropped when he pleaded guilty in 2011 to a misdemeanor charge of fraudulent appropriation of money.

The Las Vegas Sun reported he received a six-month suspended sentence.

Four other Democrats already running include former Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, former Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, state Sen. Ruben Kihuen and philanthropist Susie Lee.