Son Of Pres. Hopeful Hunter To Run For Congress

Ten people took out papers Friday to run for Congress in various districts in San Diego County, including Duncan D. Hunter, the son of Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon.

The younger Hunter, who is also a Republican, hopes to take the East County seat being vacated by his father, who is running for president.

Hunter, a Marine captain, returned home from Afghanistan in time for Thanksgiving and is no longer on active duty, said campaign spokesman Dave Gilliard.

"I have been overwhelmed and inspired by the support I have received since returning from Afghanistan," Hunter said. "This campaign is off to an exciting start and I am looking forward to meeting as many voters as possible between now and June."

Gilliard said the campaign plans to open a headquarters and put on some events next month.

Hunter announced his candidacy earlier this year but refrained from political activity while he was on active-duty.

His father has often boasted that he was the only presidential candidate with a son in a war zone.

Others filing to run in Hunter's 52nd Congressional District were Democrats James Hester and Mike Lumpkin, and Libertarian Michael Benoit.

Libertarian Lars Grossmith filed to run in the 49th District held by Republican Darrell Issa.

In the 50th District held by the GOP's Brian Bilbray, Democrat Cheryl Ede and Libertarian Wayne Dunlap took out papers.

Dan Litwin of the Libertarian Party was the lone candidate who took out papers in the 51st District of Democrat Bob Filner.

In the 53rd District of Democrat Susan Davis, the two candidates so far are Hugh Moore of the Green Party and Edward Teyssier of the Libertarian Party.

Candidates must return their papers with signatures by March 7 to get their names on the ballot.

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