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Rob Zerban to run for Congress against Paul Ryan

Representative Paul Ryan speaks to the media on Capitol Hill
Representative Paul Ryan speaks to the media on Capitol Hill

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Democrat who got the largest percentage of votes in 14 years against Congressman Paul Ryan says he'll try again next fall to defeat the House budget chairman. 

Rob Zerban, a businessman and former Kenosha County Board member, says he'll run for a second straight time for Wisconsin's 1st District House seat in 2014. 

Zerban got 43 percent of the vote last November, when Ryan won his 8th two-year term -- the largest percentage by a challenger since Ryan's first House campaign in 1998. 

Zerban met with social workers and community group leaders in recent months -- and voters kept encouraging him to run again. 

Zerban said Ryan's recent budget proposals were hurtful because they targeted the poor. He said voters saw Ryan as a "nice guy from next door" in his early years in the House -- but his true colors got exposed as his national profile grew, including Ryan's 2012 vice presidential run. 

Ryan has not commented, but he's getting ready for a tough campaign by raising money. He had $2.6 million on hand at the end of September. 

Amar Kaleka, son of the murdered Sikh Temple president in Oak Creek, is also running for the House as a Democrat.

(story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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