County Assessor Webster Guillory pleaded not guilty Monday to three felony charges of filing false nomination papers for his November re-election bid.
His preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 24, according to his attorney John Barnett.
If the case goes to trial and he is convicted on all three charges, Guillory, 70, could face up to four years and four months in prison.
State law requires candidates to submit 20 signatures from registered voters in support of their nomination, vouched for by the signature of the person who personally collected and witnessed the signatures.
County prosecutors allege Guillory signed the official nomination papers to run for re-election as Orange County Assessor, despite having an associate circulate the petitions.