Hawaii House candidate with criminal rap sheet withdraws from 2014 race

Bryan Earl Jeremiah has been campaigning as a Republican for state House District 41, but after learning he had an extensive criminal rap sheet, elected Republican leaders asked the 51-year-old on Wednesday to withdraw.

While people who know Jeremiah said he’s “turned his life around” and “found God” after becoming a Christian, Republican leaders said they didn’t believe his criminal past is “survivable” in an election.

Jeremiah, also known as Bryan Earl Rauch, has nine convictions in Hawaii between 1982 and 2002 for everything from drug dealing, drunk driving and robbery, to contempt of court and assault.

A check of Hawaii court records shows he’s served three prison sentences, the most recent being four days in prison in 2002 for “abuse of a household member,” his son.

In 1993, he was sentenced to five years in prison for a criminal drug distribution conviction, court records show, and in 1982, he was sentenced to a year in prison for robbery in the first degree.

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