WARREN - Trumbull County is no longer the most populous county in the newly drawn 13th U.S. Congressional District. That distinction now belongs to a county to the southwest.
Summit County is now the most populous county in the 13th, which contains large portions of Trumbull and Portage counties and smaller parts of Mahoning and Summit counties.
Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Friday the most populous counties for each of the new 16 congressional districts for Ohio.
In the 6th District, which includes southern half of Mahoning County, the most populous county is Columbiana.
Kelly Pallante, Trumbull County Elections Board director, said Trumbull County became the most populous after the 2000 census for candidates in the 17th district. In the 1990s, the most populous county in the 17th District was Mahoning County.
To file as a candidate for Congress, individuals must collect signatures from registered voters living in the district they wish to represent and file petitions at the elections board in the most populous county. Husted said the information he released will help guide those people running for Congress in 2012 and help avoid confusion when collecting signatures to file as a candidate.
The deadline to file for the March primary election is Dec. 7.
U.S. Congressional district boundary maps are drawn after each census to reflect changes in population. Because of slow population growth in the last decade, the number of congressional districts in Ohio is dropping from 18 to 16.