The six candidates for an open Cleveland City Council seat include a convicted killer and two other ex-convicts.

The top two finishers in Tuesday's vote will advance to a runoff April 22. The candidates include a woman who pleaded guilty to attempted forgery and a man with a record on drug charges.

Fifty-year-old John Boyd was convicted of murder in 1973 and other felonies in the 1980s and 1990s. He's barred by state law from holding office but said he was undeterred.

He says he does not hide his past and has devoted himself to inspiring troubled teens.