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Duckworth Gets First Challenger in 2014 Race

Manju Goel announced Sunday that she's seeking the Republican nomination

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Duckworth Gets First Challenger in 2014 Race

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Tammy Duckworth at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.

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Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth has, from what Ward Room can tell, her first challenger.

Manju Goel announced Sunday that she's seeking the Republican nomination for the state's 8th Congressional District.

"America is on the wrong track," she said at the Northwest Suburban Republican Family Picnic at Busse Woods Forest Preserve in Elk Grove Village, according to The Daily Herald. "We are spending $1.60 for every dollar we bring in. We are discouraging rather than encouraging entrepreneurs and job creators with burdensome regulations."

Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions is a supporter and was at the Sunday event with Goel.

It is the first time the native of India is running for public office. She came to the U.S. at age 21 and worked for more than five years in the health care industry as a process improvement specialist. She is now a self-employed consultant.

The 2014 race is her first campaign for public office.

Duckworth last November unseated Joe Walsh after a single term.

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