Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) will run against fellow Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur next year.
He will file the paperwork on Wednesday afternoon, he announced.
After publicly shopping for a district in Washington state and mulling a challenge to Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeDems face choice of unseating Pelosi Insurgent Dems endorse Pelosi challenger Tim Ryan Junior Dems plot strategy as leadership vote looms MORE (D-Ohio), Kucinich decided enough of his base was intact to mount a primary challenge against Kaptur, who is the longest-serving female in the House. The new district contains more of Kaptur's territory.
She steered clear of attacking Kucinich in an interview with The Hill
last week and is reportedly spending four to five hours on the phone
with voters per day.
“My ability to reach consensus and to work with a broad range of interests toward achieving very specific goals for our region and for the country,” Kaptur said of what would differentiate her from Kucinich.
Earlier this month Joe Cimperman, a Cleveland city councilman who challenged Kucinich in 2008, told The Hill both lawmakers are war horses with loyal supporters in the redrawn district.
“These guys don’t slouch. They’re working on Sundays. They’re constantly out there,” he said.
The winner of the heavily Democratic district may face Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (R), better known as Joe the Plumber, in the general election. Read a full breakdown of the race here.
— Josh Lederman contributed to this report.
— This story was updated at 11:43 a.m.