Ebert Beeman is expected to make his candidacy for 16th District U.S. Congress official Friday.

That's when he will talk about his decision to run and take questions from the media in Perry Square.

Erie News Now first told you earlier this week the former Erie County Councilman and convicted felon is now on the ballot for the congressional race after a few years out of the public eye.

Beeman will take on incumbent Republican Mike Kelly and Democratic challenger Ron DiNicola in November.

In 2012, the now 69 year old pleaded guilty to social security fraud left County Council and spent about a year in federal prison.

Despite that, he did manage to get the more than 1,300 signatures needed to get on the ballot as a Libertarian Party candidate.

Election officials said there are no rules that would keep his name off the ballot.