Former Lawmaker To Run For U.S. House After Theft Conviction

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A former lawmaker removed from the Ohio House of Representatives following a felony theft conviction says he’ll make a run at a U.S. House seat in northern Ohio.

Sandusky real estate agent and auctioneer Steve Kraus says he’ll seek the Republican nomination in Ohio’s ninth district to run against U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur.

The district stretches along the Lake Erie shoreline from Toledo to East Cleveland.

An Ottawa County jury in July found Kraus guilty of taking antiques from a home without the owner’s permission. An appeal of the conviction is pending.

Kraus maintains his innocence and says he believes the conviction was “retribution” for his surprise victory in the 2014 election.

A felony conviction doesn’t prevent a candidate from running for Congress.