Zerban considering another run against Ryan in 1st District
Rob Zerban. Dan Plutchak/File photo.
Small business owner Rob Zerban of Kenosha has formed a committee to explore a 2014 challenge to Rep. Paul Ryan of the 1st Congressional District.
Zerban, who built two food service companies and is a former Kenosha County supervisor, released a statement Wednesday saying since the election, he’s been encouraged by residents of the 1st District to run again against Ryan.
"I've been listening to people from Janesville to Racine talk about their need for jobs and economic security, good schools and fair pay, and a strong social safety net for the hardships life sometimes throws our way,” Zerban said in the statement. “The formation of this exploratory committee is simply a formalizing of that process of listening to my friends and neighbors.”
In 2012, Zerban gave Ryan the closest challenge of his Congressional career - and shaved nearly 20 points off Ryan's average victory margin, even while Ryan was on a presidential ticket with Mitt Romney. Ryan lost his home ward, his home town, and his home county in the November election.