As expected, former Rep. Jim Traficant was certified to run Wednesday for his old seat in Ohio, ensuring he will appear on the ballot in November.
The Trumbull County elections board determined Traficant, a Democrat, had qualified for the ballot after he was granted more time to gather petition signatures, the Associated Press reported. The ruling came after another county elections board found Tuesday he had enough signatures to qualify.
Traficant represented Ohio's 17th district until he was expelled from Congress in 2002 following his conviction on corruption charges. He will face Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), his former staffer, and Republican Jim Graham.
The ex-congressman will run as an independent.