KENT, Ohio (AP) - Jim Traficant (pictured, right) was a no-show at the first debate in the congressional race for Ohio's new 17th district.
The Youngstown congressman, convicted on bribery and racketeering charges in April, is running for re-election in the newly drawn district.
But the three other candidates went on without him Friday morning at Kent State University.
Republican Ann Womer Benjamin, Democrat Tim Ryan and independent Warren Davis explained their credentials and policies to approximately 100 people gathered for breakfast.
Womer Benjamin said that she would be a break from the district's troubled political past. Ryan said that he would emphasize bringing young people back to the region. And Davis called for an array of government programs to help working people.
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