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Son of slain Oak Creek Sikh Temple president plans Congressional run

Amardeep Kaleka (Photo from: Twitter).
Amardeep Kaleka (Photo from: Twitter).

OAK CREEK, WI (WTAQ) - The son of the Sikh Temple president who was murdered in Oak Creek last year says he'll run for Congress.

Amar Kaleka told the one media outlet Monday that he'll file the necessary paperwork on Wednesday to start an exploratory committee. He expects to make a formal announcement next month to run as a Democrat for the 1st District U.S. House seat held by Janesville Republican Paul Ryan.

The 35-year-old Kaleka says he wants to bring transparency and accountability to Washington. He said Americans are tired of career politicians who care more about keeping their power than about serving the people.

Kaleka blames Ryan, the House budget chairman, for the federal government shutdown.

Kaleka's father, Satwant Singh Kaleka, founded the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Gunman Wade Michael Page killed Kaleka and 5 other worshippers are the temple in August of 2012.

Amar Kaleka said he used to think about running for public office a couple decades from now, when he was in his 50's or 60's -- but he decided to do it sooner, after his father's murder.

Ryan is in his 8th term in the House, and he's regarded by many observers as a potential Republican president candidate in 2016. He was Mitt Romney's vice presidential choice a year ago.