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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Lawyers for former Republican State Senator Frank Artiles entered a not guilty plea and asked for a jury trial.

Artiles is being charged with four third-degree felony charges for his part in allegedly recruiting and paying a friend, Alexis Rodriguez, to run in Miami-Dade’s Senate District 37 seat.

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Rodriguez is also being charged on the same four counts.

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That seat was won by Ileana Garcia by only 34 votes in November when she defeated Democrat Jose Javier Rodriguez.

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Artiles is accused of putting the third candidate in the race to cause confusion as both had the same last name. Team