(WKBN) – A businessman from Campbell who’s run for Congress before as a Republican and an Independent now wants to try it as a Democrat.

Lou Lyras filed his petitions to run in the upcoming May primary election for the 6th District.

If he’s successful, he will take on incumbent Bill Johnson in the fall.

In the past, he has challenged Tim Ryan in the 13th District, running as a Republican.

“Through it all, I haven’t changed. I’m still the same opinion on everything we talk about — voting rights, women’s rights, gun control, things like that. I haven’t changed,” he said.

Friday was the deadline for Congressional candidates to file their petitions.

Bill Johnson also filed his paperwork, along with seven other candidates. According to the Mahoning County Board of Elections, those candidates are the following:

  • Democrat Martin Alexander, of Boardman
  • Democrat Eric S. Jones, of Austintown
  • Democrat Michael L. Kripchak, of Youngstown
  • Democrat Shawna Roberts of Belmont
  • Republican John Anderson of Enon
  • Republican Michael S. Morgenstern, of Poland
  • Republican Gregory M. Zelenitz, of Belmont

Under the new maps, Trumbull County will now be part of the 14th Congressional district.

Cleveland.com reports that incumbent Republican Representative Dave Joyce filed for re-election. He will face two other Republicans.

Matt Kilboy, of Deerfield, is the only Democrat who filed.