Challengers sign up vs. Calvert, Kirk

Democrats officially landed two recruits Wednesday, with Corona-Norco School Board Member Bill Hedrick announcing his repeat campaign against Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) and Illinois state Sen. Michael Bond entering the race for Rep. Mark KirkMark KirkVA chief 'deeply' regrets if Disney comment offended vets Senate GOP gears up for fight over Gitmo transfers Duckworth: VA secretary's Disneyland comment 'tone-deaf' MORE's (R-Ill.) seat.

Neither is a surprise, as both had previously expressed interest in running. Kirk is a longtime Democratic target who should announce in the next few days whether he will run for statewide office. Calvert is a new target after falling victim to a wave of support for President Obama and narrowly beating Hedrick last cycle, 51-49.

Hedrick had already said he would run. He will need to raise far more than the $200,000 he raised last time, though, and the national Democratic Party is helping him.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) is hosting a fundraiser for Hedrick in June.

"I have lived in this district for almost 30 years, raised my five children here, and both my wife and I have been educators in Riverside County for over two decades," Hedrick said in a statement.
"I understand what families in our region are up against and every decision I make will be with their best interests in mind."

Bond could be part of a crowded primary in Kirk's district, with state Sen. Susan Garrett and two-time nominee Dan Seals having shown interest as well.

Bond said: "Our country is facing enormous challenges. Decisions are being made that will affect Americans for generations to come, and it's important to have people in Washington who will take a fresh approach to today's problems, who will fight for what's right and get something done."

-Aaron Blake

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