Chicago Tribune endorses Green Jeremy Karpen in race for state legislature

A few items related to the endorsement – including the endorsement of Jeremy Karpen – are posted below.

From Green Party Watch:

CHICAGO (September 29, 2010) – This morning, the Chicago Tribune endorsed Jeremy Karpen, Green Party candidate for 39th District State Representative. The paper highlighted Karpen’s independence from politics-as-usual in Illinois, and slammed Democratic incumbent Maria “Toni” Berrios as a “loyal soldier protecting entrenched power in Springfield.”The Tribune endorsement is the latest indicator of the momentum swinging towards Karpen in this highly contested race. Last week, the Huffington Post profiled Karpen, saying he may be able to “pull off one of the most surprising electoral upsets of the season.”

“Obviously, it’s an honor to receive the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune,” said Karpen. “The paper is one of the strongest voices for change in Springfield, and I am pleased they recognized a candidate who will bring public service back to the Illinois General Assembly.”

Karpen has also received the endorsement of the Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO), Dr. Quentin Young, and has received the support of the Chicago chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America.

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Jeremy Karpen is the Green Party candidate for 39th state representative. He previously ran in 2008, taking 21% of the vote despite being hugely outspent. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, working as a counselor with at-risk youth at a residential treatment center in Chicago. Mr. Karpen volunteers his time working against partner abuse with a local domestic violence agency. He has been a consistent and outspoken community activist, fighting for housing, health care, equitable education funding, and immigrant rights.

And from the Tribune itself:

39th District (Near Northwest Side) — Two years ago, we endorsed Democratic Rep. Maria Antonia “Toni” Berrios over Green Party candidate Jeremy Karpen, a professional counselor who works with at-risk kids in Chicago. Berrios has firmly established she is a loyal soldier protecting entrenched power in Springfield. We disagree with Karpen on plenty of issues. But he says, “My campaign is about more than winning office, it is about shaking the foundation of the political machine. …” Fair enough. Karpen is endorsed.

One thought on “Chicago Tribune endorses Green Jeremy Karpen in race for state legislature

  1. Daniel Surman

    Interestingly, the Democratic incumbent in this race has gotten a large chunk of her funding from her father. Her father is locked in a competitive race with Independent Forrest Claypool for Cook County Assessor.

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