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U.S. CONGRESS 17th District



Published: Mon, April 29, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.


Six candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination for the two-year seat (* denotes incumbent):
THOMAS C. SAWYER*
Age: 56.
Home: 1298 N. Howard St., Akron.
Employment: Congressman.
Education: Bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Akron.
Family: Wife, Joyce; one child.
Priority: To help revitalize the economy of the Mahoning Valley, particularly Youngstown.
MARIDEE COSTANZO
Age: 43.
Home: 1606 North Road, Warren.
Employment: Attorney.
Education: Law degree from Akron Law School; bachelor's degree from Youngstown State University; 1976 Bristol Local High School graduate.
Family: Husband, Roger; a daughter.
Priority: To create an atmosphere of growth for small companies and large corporations, and to expand research and development to area universities. To create a district where people come to live and stay, and not grab an education and leave.
BRYAN K. TAAFE
Age: 32.
Home: 4511 Alderwood Drive, Austintown.
Employment: Owner of Indoor Sports Arena.
Education: Bachelor's degree from YSU; Ursuline High School graduate.
Family: Single.
Priority: Quality education with progressive computer literacy standards and clear accountability for educators.
ANTHONY A. LATELL JR.
Age: 64.Home: 862 Krehl Ave., Girard.Employment: State representative.Education: Bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton; Girard High School graduate.Family: Wife, Dorothy; three children.Priority: To become an active and trusted member of Congress. To promote this area as to its location, quality of life, utilities, transportation system, wonderfully diverse people, and the universities that establish programs that can and will train perspective employees for future occupations.
TIMOTHY J. RYAN
Age: 28.Home: 438 N. Rhodes Ave., Niles. Employment: State senator.Education: Law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, N.H.; bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University; John F. Kennedy High School graduate.Family: Single.Priority: To create a future for the areas encompassed by the new 17th Congressional District. To focus on higher education, medical benefits, creating jobs and economic development for the area.
JOE LOUIS TEAGUE
Age: 59.Home: 443 W. Evergreen Ave., Youngstown. Employment: Retired laborer.Education: Graduate of Dunbar High School, Ramer, Ala.Family: Divorced, seven children.Priority: To reduce the murder rate in Youngstown through federal intervention.


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