28-Year-Old State Senator To Run In 17th District

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A state senator has announced he will run for the newly formed 17th congressional district, a seat that democratic U.S. Reps. James A. Traficant Jr. and Tom Sawyer said they will seek.

State Sen. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, could face both in the May 7 primary, although Traficant, on trial facing federal corruption charges, said he may run as an independent.

The district includes Akron, Youngstown and portions of Trumbull, Portage, Summit and Mahoning counties.

Ryan (pictured, right), 28, has represented Trumbull and Geauga counties as state senator for a year.

Traficant, 60, has represented the Youngstown-Warren area since 1985 while Sawyer, 56, has represented the Akron area for 17 years.

State Rep. Anthony Lattel, D-Girard, and state Rep. Ann Womer Benjamin, R-Aurora, also say they will run in the 17th district.

Ohio's congressional districts were redrawn this year, reducing the state's delegation from 19 to 18 and eliminating Traficant's northeast Ohio district. The changes reflected population shifts recorded in the 2000 census.

The filing deadline for party primaries is 4 p.m. Thursday.

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