State representative candidates Richard Bonton and Natasha Demming indicted by Harris County Grand Jury on election fraud and threat charges


HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Two former state representative candidates and a political consultant have been indicted by a Harris County Grand Jury on charges related to alleged attempts to throw the 2020 Democratic Primary, District Attorney Kim Ogg said.

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The indictments involve races for Texas House Districts 132 and 142.

Richard Bonton and Natasha Demming were indicted Friday on charges related to the House District 142 race against State Rep. Harold Dutton. In a story first reported by ABC13 months ago, prosecutors say candidate Bonton tried to increase his chances of winning the primary by recruiting Demming. They allege that Bonton helped Demming file for candidacy under a false name, Natasha Ruiz. Ruiz received 20 percent of the vote on Election Day, more than Bonton, and forced Dutton into a runoff.

WATCH: Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg describes the charges the two former state representatives and the political consultant were indicted for

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