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Ethan Hastert To Run For House Seat

Ethan Hastert, son of former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, announced Monday that he will run to represent Illinois' 14th district in the House of Representatives, reports the Kane County Chronicle.

This will be Hastert's first congressional bid as he seeks to follow in his father's footsteps. He believes that the youth of his district want a fresh perspective and therefore must not expect a traditional resume from young candidates.

"If you want a 30-year-old to step up and run in some of these races," he said. "You have to recognize they're not going to have the normal resume."

Hastert claims that current congressional leadership has created unhappiness within the district and that he represents the newer, fresher Washington.

"Generally, what I've been hearing is that people are not happy, not satisfied with our current leadership in Washington," he said. "Quite frankly, people are ready for the next generation of leadership."

Hastert has not yet formed a campaign committee, Politico reports, but he plans to do so soon.

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Dennis Hastert, pictured at left, represented the 14th district from 1987 to 2007 and served as Speaker of the House for approximately eight years. When he retired in 2007, Democrat Bill Foster took his place in a special election and won a full term in 2008.

A spokeswoman for Foster said he will seek reelection in 2010, Politico reports. Hastert is the first candidate to announce a challenge against him.

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