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Council candidate McKenney faced assault charge in Maryland

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Maryland court records show that Albuquerque City Council candidate Paul Ryan McKenney was charged in 2009 with misdemeanor second-degree assault, which he did not list in a written questionnaire he submitted to the Journal.

Paul Ryan McKenney

Paul Ryan McKenney

McKenney entered an “other plea” in December 2009, which is neither a plea of guilt nor innocence, and the charge was placed on the court’s “stet docket.” That means the charge became inactive for a year, at which time McKenney could ask that the record be expunged, a Maryland court official said.

The Journal asks City Council candidates to complete a questionnaire. One question asks if the candidate had ever been charged or convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in any state. McKenney responded, “no.”

McKenney said in a phone interview that he had forgotten about the charge and thought it “should be gone at this point.” The charge resulted from a dispute with his ex-wife outside an airport, he said.

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