- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) - Fourteen people are seeking the Ohio House of Representatives seat vacated when a former lawmaker was convicted of a felony theft charge.

The application deadline was Friday. Steve Kraus’ 64 Republican former colleagues in the House will decide who will complete the 15 months left in his term.

Those who applied for the seat representing Ottawa and Erie counties include local government officials and political newcomers. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says he has “every confidence” that they’ll find an applicant from the list who will “serve with distinction.” A screening panel will vet the applicants.

Kraus was sentenced to two years of probation last month. The 56-year-old forfeited his seat after a jury convicted him in July. He’s appealing his conviction.

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