Andrea Zopp Decides To Run For Kirk's Senate Seat

"I think I could really make a difference in Illinois and in this role," Zopp said in an interview last month

Andrea Zopp has made up her mind about a run for U.S. Senate. 

"Yes. I'm running," the Chicago Urban League president and CEO confirmed to Ward Room on Friday.

Zopp said she will challenge Sen. Mark Kirk in next year's election and plans to make a formal announcement in the next couple weeks.

During an interview last month with NBC 5, Zopp said she can "really bring something to the race."

From Harvard Law School, she became the first deputy at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, a corporate lawyer and now head of the Urban League. She also has been appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the Chicago School Board.

"I'm excited about the opportunity," she said during an interview last month, "and I think I could really make a difference in Illinois and in this role."

Zopp isn't the only potential Democrat in the race. Congressman Robin Kelly and Sen. Napoleon Harris, a former professional football player, may also consider a bid.

Tammy Duckworth already has said she's in. 

Kirk this week launched the first television ads of his 2016 re-election bid. They focused on recovering from a stroke.

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