Monday, March 30, 2015

Tammy Duckworth Announces Run for U.S. Senate Seat

Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth has officially announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat.  In a YouTube video released Monday, the Iraq war veteran says, "I'm running for the United States Senate seat in 2016 because it's time for Washington to be held accountable and to put Illinois' families and communities first."

Duckworth is the first Democrat to formally announce intentions to run for the Senate seat.  Rep. Cheri Bustos, who was considering a run, has decided to no longer jump into the race after Duckworth's announcement.  Other Democrats who have signaled an interest in the 2016 race are U.S. Reps. Robin Kelly and Bill Foster.

A spokesman for Republican Senator Mark Kirk released a statement saying, "Senator Kirk looks forward to a conversation on the issues that matter most to voters across the state including his record of thoughtful, independent leadership, and his work each and every day to serve Illinois families."

Duckworth is currently serving her second term as Representative of Illinois' 8th District.

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