Veteran Duckworth to file to run for Congress

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FILE - This Nov. 7, 2008 file photo shows Illinois' Veterans Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth during a news conference in Chicago.  On Wednesday, July 6, 2011, Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, announced she plans to run for Congress from Illinois' new 8th District. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
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FILE - This Nov. 7, 2008 file photo shows Illinois' Veterans Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth during …

CHICAGO (AP) — Iraq War veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth says she's running for Congress.

The Democrat announced Wednesday that she'll file paperwork to run in the newly drawn 8th Congressional District in Chicago's western suburbs. The district has no incumbent.

Spokesman Pete Giangreco says the 37-year-old will file the paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday or Thursday.

Duckworth lost both her legs in a rocket-propelled grenade attack while serving in Iraq. She ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2006 in another district. Parts of that old district are included in the new 8th District and are areas Giangreco says she won last time.

Another Democrat, Raja Krishnamoorthi (krish-nah-MOOR'-thee), also has formed an exploratory committee.

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