Ex-Congressman Certified for Nov. 2 Ballot in Ohio
September 1, 2010 - 5:14 PMA former Ohio Democratic congressman who served time in federal prison for corruption has won a place on the Nov. 2 ballot to again run for a U.S. House seat, this time as an independent.
The Trumbull County elections board ruled Wednesday that Jim Traficant had qualified for the ballot in northeast Ohio's 17th district with 2,154 valid petition signatures, 11 more than required.
Director Kelly Pallante says other county elections boards in the district would be notified to place Traficant's name on the ballot. Traficant will face Republican Jim Graham and a former aide, four-term Democrat Tim Ryan.
Traficant represented the Youngstown area for nearly two decades before his 2002 conviction.
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