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Rob Zerban to run for Congress against Paul Ryan

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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