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Ashland Councilwoman Wins Right to Challenge Duffy

Created: 08/12/2014 10:51 PM WDIO.com

MILWAUKEE (AP) - An Ashland City Council member has won the Democratic nomination to run against U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy in northern Wisconsin.

Thirty-one-year-old Kelly Westlund defeated Mike Krsiean, an engineer and farmer from Houlton.

Westlund is a project management consultant for a farming cooperative. She has the backing of Emily's List, a Democratic group that works to elect women who support abortion rights, and the National Education Association.

Duffy was elected to represent the 7th Congressional District in 2010 and re-elected by a 12 percentage point margin in 2012. He also worked eight years as a district attorney and appeared on MTV's "The Real World" in the 1990s.

Federal campaign finance reports show Duffy with about $1 million on hand for the race, while Westlund had about $120,000 as of July 23.

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