By Associated Press - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - The Faulkner County clerk has pleaded guilty to obstructing governmental operations and agreed to resign - but she’s still running for the position next month.

Margaret Darter pleaded guilty Tuesday to the misdemeanor charge, and she immediately resigned her position as part of her negotiated plea.

Darter was charged in October 2015 after a prosecutor asked Arkansas State Police to conduct a criminal investigation into the date elected officials filed their Statement of Financial Interest compared to the date stamped on the documents.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/2dcm9FR ) that Darter’s plea agreement doesn’t automatically disqualify her from running for re-election. Darter’s attorney, Frank Shaw, tells the newspaper that Darter “now will campaign more” for the position.

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Information from: Log Cabin Democrat, https://www.thecabin.net

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