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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Republican Secretary of State Matt Schultz is running for U.S. Rep. Tom Latham's House seat in Iowa's 3rd Congressional District.

Schultz announced his campaign Thursday in Council Bluffs where he used to serve on the City Council.

Since he was elected secretary of state in 2010, Schultz has pushed for a state voter ID law and focused on combating voter fraud. He recently came under scrutiny over whether his use of federal money for voter-fraud investigations is proper.

Schultz is expected to be a formidable candidate for the seat that Latham unexpectedly decided to vacate at the end of his 10th term.

Last week, Republican David Young abandoned a U.S. Senate campaign to run for Latham's seat. Democratic former state Sen. Staci Appel, of Ackworth, announced her candidacy last year.