The Republican candidate for an Ogden seat in the Legislature is facing two felony drug charges, the Davis County attorney's office confirmed Tuesday.

Randy T. Tippets, 40, who worked until early this spring at a Layton pharmacy, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, amphetamines, and failure to keep pharmaceutical records under the state's Controlled Substances Act.Tippets was arraigned on the charges last week in 2nd Circuit Court, Layton, and is scheduled for a Nov. 3 preliminary hearing, according to court personnel. Both charges are third-degree felonies, carrying a prison term of zero to five years and fine of up to $5,000.

Neither Tippets nor his attorney, Dave Knowlton, would comment on the charges.

Tippets is running against Democrat incumbent John Arrington, Ogden, for the House seat from District 9.

Weber County Republican Party Chairman Lane Ronnow said he did not learn of the charges until this week and no plans have been made to replace Tippets. Ronnow said the incident has saddened him.