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posted: 4/28/2011 7:02 AM

Waukegan Dem announces bid for congressional seat

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Associated Press

A community organizer from Waukegan says he's officially a candidate for the 10th District Congressional seat in the 2012 election.

Democrat Ilya Sheyman said Wednesday that he'll take on Republican Robert Dold, who won the seat last fall. Dold defeated three-time Democratic candidate Dan Seals to help the GOP hold onto the seat held for five terms by Mark Kirk, who won President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat.

Sheyman says he can defeat Dold by focusing on his opponent's tea party agenda. He says Dold has "failed to represent the interests of the 10th District's working families in Washington."

Sheyman says he's served as national mobilization director for and a field director for Democracy for America.

Sheyman says he's raised more than $100,000 toward his campaign.