Watkins specifically faces criminal charges of interference with law enforcement; providing false information; voting without being qualified; unlawful advance voting; and failing to notify the DMV of change of address.
News of the charges came moments before Watkins, who is up for reelection, appeared in a primary debate. Asked about the charges, Watkins said they were “very suspicious” and said he looked forward to clearing his name.
CNN has reached out to Watkins’ office for comment.
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