Ohio man moves to Kenosha to challenge Rep. Paul Ryan

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

KENOSHA—An Ohio resident says he has moved to Kenosha and intends to challenge Rep. Paul Ryan for the 1st Congressional District seat in the 2018 elections.

Democrat David Yankovich described himself in a news release as “a regular guy” and “a political activist and consultant.”

“I am running because Paul Ryan and Donald Trump are a threat to Wisconsin's middle-class families. I am running because the people of Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District deserve a congressman who listens to them, not a member of Washington's elite who only looks out for his wealthy friends in Washington,” Yankovich is quoted as saying.

Yankovich, who grew up in Barberton, Ohio, is the first to announce a run against Ryan. Pleasant Prairie resident Charlie Breit, a member of the political group Forward Kenosha, is considering a run, as well, according to a news report..

Also weighing his options is Paul Nehlen, who ran against Ryan in the last Republican primary.

Yankovich says he is “one of the original voices of the Resistance against Paul Ryan and Donald Trump.” His articles have been published by left-leaning websites HuffPost (formerly The Huffington Post) and Raw Story, and on his website, he said.

Yankovich describes himself as furious over “Ryan's attempt to take health care coverage away from tens of millions of Americans,” so he “decided the best way to fight back was to move to Wisconsin and run for Congress.”

He intends to spend the next 18 months meeting Wisconsinites and learning from them, he said.

Yankovich has a campaign website at www.davidyankovich.com, where he describes himself as the father of a boy and a girl and a “nationally recognized progressive voice.”

Yankovich's campaign manager and treasurer is Lauren Young, who worked for the last Democrat to challenge Ryan, Ryan Solen of Pleasant Prairie.

Young said in a Twitter message that Yankovich is looking for a house to rent in Kenosha.

Yankovich started a Crowdpac fundraiser several weeks ago and by Tuesday had raised $22,430 toward a $500,000 goal.

Ryan has $9 million in his campaign fund and access to more.

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