Son of Sikh Temple shooting victim to challenge Paul Ryan

CREATED Oct 14, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct 14, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Paul Ryan's opponents are starting to line up. At least two men say they will face the Wisconsin Congressman in next year's election – one of them, the son of a Sikh Temple shooting victim.

Amardeep Kaleka rocketed into the national spotlight after his father, Sikh Temple President Satwant Singh Kaleka, was killed last August. Amardeep announced Monday that he wants to run for Congress, and is ready to go up against one of the biggest names in the game.

"I was continuously asked by community leaders in that area, and families in that area," Kaleka says.

The Milwaukee native spent the last year fighting for stronger gun legislation. His experience left him with a belief Washington is more about politics than people. So, he's joining Rob Zerban in the pool of Paul Ryan opponents. Zerban lost to Ryan the last go round. And Kaleka knows it won't be easy going up against the political powerhouse and his sizable campaign coffers.

"He is part of an elite class of people. And so Wisconsin is full of middle class people. I think they're going to understand exactly what I talk about."

His campaign focus -- economic reform and government spending, and making a difference in honor of his father.

"Oh, I think he would be proud and honored because he was a leader that was democratically elected. He really understood democracy and wanted the nation to move that way and that's essentially what I'm trying to do for him."

Kaleka will file his paperwork Wednesday to form an exploratory committee. He plans to move to Franklin full-time in November when he'll officially announce his candidacy.