For awhile, there was some hope that Hawaii-born Tammy Duckworth would re-locate back to Hawaii and run for Dan Akaka’s seat in the Senate.
She went to McKinley High School, UH and is an Iraq War veteran who lost her legs after an explosion in combat.
Last month she left her job as assistant secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Someone even started a “Hawaii Draft Tammy” site on Facebook.
Duckworth eventually stopped that with an announcement that Illinois was now her home and if she ran for office it would be there.
Consider it done.
She announced today she will run in the newly drawn Illinois 8th district.
“My father served in Vietnam, my brother served in the Coast Guard, and my husband continues to serve on active duty because our family believes in this great nation. There are plenty of folks in Washington who serve political ideology and personal ambition. I want to continue serving our country,” Duckworth said in a statement.
We wish her the best of luck.