Traficant Files Independent Candidacy

WARREN, Ohio (AP) - U.S. Rep. James Traficant has made good on his promise to run for re-election.

Traficant (pictured, right) has officially filed his candidacy papers to be on the ballot in November as an independent.

Traficant was convicted last month of racketeering, federal bribery and tax evasion charges. He faces as many as 63 years in prison at his sentencing on June 27, but probably would get less time. Disciplinary action from Congress could include expulsion, which would require approval from two-thirds of the 435-member House.

Traficant is serving his ninth term in Congress, but his district was carved up by the Ohio legislature in January. He used to represent Youngstown and its suburbs, but the new district stretches all the way to Akron.

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