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Ashland City Council member considering run against Rep. Sean Duffy

Ashland City Council member Kelly Westlund (Photo from: kellywestlund.com)
Ashland City Council member Kelly Westlund (Photo from: kellywestlund.com)

ASHLAND, WI (WTAQ) - A City Council member in Ashland says she's seriously thinking about running against U.S. House Republican Sean Duffy next year. 

Kelly Westlund has a consulting firm in Ashland. She's the first to publicly consider a run against Duffy, a Wausau area Republican who's in his second term. 

The Prairie Badger blog says Westlund may be the strongest candidate the Democrats could put up against Duffy.

She's a graduate of "Emerge Wisconsin," which trains Democratic women to run for office. Westlund also spoke at this year's Democratic state convention. 

Duffy is currently being targeted by liberal groups who partially blame him for the federal government shutdown, with his vocal support of delaying key parts of Obamacare. 

The progressive MoveOn.Org recently commissioned polls in House districts where Democrats consider GOP incumbents vulnerable. They found that Duffy has a 40 percent approval rating in his north central Wisconsin district, and a 46 percent disapproval rating. 

The poll also found that Duffy would lose to a "generic Democrat" by 3 to 4 points. 

Duffy got 56 percent of the vote last November in winning his second term over former state Senate Democrat Pat Kreitlow.

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