Former Rep. Kilroy to run for House

Former Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio) will run for a new Democratic-leaning seat in Columbus, she announced Thursday afternoon on Facebook and The Huffington Post.

The former congresswoman lost by 13 percentage points to Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) last year after beating him by 1 percentage point in 2008. The old district was a true toss-up; the new one, created after the federal Census, would be much easier for a Democrat in a general election.

Kilroy, who also narrowly lost her first bid for Congress in 2006, might face her fourth competitive race in four cycles despite the new districts Democratic lean. Other Democrats, including former Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, who ran for the Senate in 2010, are also considering running.