Many remembering Jim Traficant, his mark on NE Ohio

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — He left his mark on Youngstown, and that’s why many people there were remembering former Ohio Congressman Jim Traficant Saturday.

Traficant passed away Saturday morning after being critically injured in a farm accident earlier in the week. He was 73.

Trafficant’s love for Mahoning County strikes a chord with people to this day.

“He was significantly involved with some of the development when he was in Congress for getting money here in Youngstown,” said one resident.

“He did a lot for the families here many years ago,” said Pam Malvasi. “He had a lot of people against him but a lot of people believed deep down he had a good heart.”

Most people recalled Trafficant’s fire and flair.

“Flamboyant, loved the clothes loved the hair, loved the way he would speak, probably the best thing I liked about him was that he could convey to anybody and you would never think he would think he was better than anybody,” said Mike Foley, of Youngstown.

Many told Fox 8 Traficant was approachable and honest. It is still hard for some to believe he is gone.

“He represented the working class people of Youngstown,” said Roger Juntunen.

Even if you didn’t agree with his politics or his legal past, Traficant was no doubt unforgettable.

“Like or dislike Traficant, he was good for Youngstown and Mahoning County,” said one man.

“He was a true Ohioan, he’s going to be missed, I’ll miss him,” said Neil Shaffer, who was an acquaintance.

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