UPDATE: Zerban to mount 2nd challenge to Ryan

UPDATE: Rob Zerban, the Democratic challenger who lost to Rep. Paul Ryan last year, says he

Rob Zerban

UPDATED Thursday, October 24, 2013 --- 10:35 a.m.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- Rob Zerban, the Democratic challenger who lost to Rep. Paul Ryan last year, says he'll try again next year to unseat the eight-term Republican congressman.

Zerban told The Associated Press on Thursday he plans to mount a second challenge in 2014. He'll announce his candidacy formally on Saturday in Kenosha.

The 45-year-old served two terms on the Kenosha County Board and is a former small-business owner. He says he spent the last year meeting voters in southeastern Wisconsin, and he's convinced they want a representative who focuses on creating jobs and protecting the poor. He says they're not getting either from Ryan.

Ryan beat Zerban last year, 55 percent to 43 percent. It was Ryan's smallest margin of victory since he first won in 1998. However, he remains a formidable fundraiser.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Monday, October 14, 2013 --- 2:57 p.m.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- The Democrat who failed to unseat Rep. Paul Ryan last year is planning an "announcement rally" at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Rob Zerban has formed a congressional exploratory committee but he hasn't formally announced his candidacy. Committee coordinator Al Benninghoff says the Oct. 26 event is being billed as an "announcement rally" but he didn't have further details.

Benninghoff's comments Monday come the same day another Democrat announced his intention to challenge Ryan.

Amar Kaleka is the son of the Sikh temple president who was killed along with five others in a shooting rampage at their Milwaukee-area temple. The 35-year-old says he's running to restore accountability to Congress.

Benninghoff welcomed Kaleka's announcement, saying that's what the primary process is for.

Zerban is a former Kenosha County board member.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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