State laws vary widely on whether felons can run for office


              FILE - This undated photo provided by the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office shows Solomon Pena.  Peña overwhelmingly lost a bid last fall for the New Mexico statehouse as a Republican and is accused of paying four men to shoot at the homes of four Democratic officials. (Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office via AP)
            
              FILE - Solomon Pena, center, a Republican candidate for New Mexico House District 14, is taken into custody by Albuquerque Police officers, Jan. 16, 2023, in southwest Albuquerque, N.M. Peña overwhelmingly lost a bid last fall for the New Mexico statehouse as a Republican and is accused of paying four men to shoot at the homes of four Democratic officials. (Roberto E. Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)
            FILE - Derrick Evans exits the Sidney L. Christie U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building after being arraigned, Jan. 8, 2021, in Huntington, W.Va. Three months after leaving prison for his participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the former West Virginia state lawmaker announced Jan. 6, 2023, that he will run for a U.S. House seat in 2024. (Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch via AP, File)
State laws vary widely on whether felons can run for office