Green candidate for state rep. Jeremy Karpen endorsed by Chicago Teachers’ Union

From the Karpen campaign:

CHICAGO (September 29, 2010) - On Wednesday, the Chicago Teachers
Union (CTU) endorsed Jeremy Karpen, Green Party candidate for 39th
District State  Representative. The union based their support for
Karpen on their support of what the CTU called his "comprehensive plan
to improve state funding... including education," his support for an
elected school board, and his opposition to voucher programs.

"I'm honored to have the endorsement of the Chicago Teachers Union,"
said Karpen. "I work on the front lines with those most affected by
underfunded schools, but, unlike my opponent, I reject the notion that
it is time to give up on public education. I've stood in solidarity
with public school teachers for a long time, and I am proud to have
them stand with me."

The Chicago Teachers Union endorsed a selective slate of only 39
candidates across the state. Karpen is the first Green Party candidate
to receive an endorsement from the CTU.

“Our members, through their delegate representatives, voted to endorse
candidates who have the promise to hear the reality about public
education," said Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union
in a press release about the endorsement.

The Chicago Teachers Union endorsement is the latest indicator of
momentum swinging towards Karpen in this highly contested race. Last
week, the Chicago Tribune also endorsed Karpen. 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."

To date, Jeremy Karpen has received the endorsement of the Chicago
Teachers Union, the Chicago Tribune, Independent Voters of Illinois
Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO), single-payer health care
activist Dr. Quentin Young, immigrant rights activist Jorge Mujica,
and the support of the Chicago chapter of the Progressive Democrats of

6 thoughts on “Green candidate for state rep. Jeremy Karpen endorsed by Chicago Teachers’ Union

  1. Upstartgreen

    Wow its seems that the Dems have really pissed off labor. I do not recall as many labor endorsements for Greens in past elections.

  2. Upstartgreen

    Now if only some of the mainstream environmental groups would wise up and support Green Party candidates we might get something cooking.

  3. Ross Levin Post author

    The Sierra Club endorsed Jesse Johnson in 2008, iirc. I don’t know what they’re doing this year. The most important endorsements are from organizations that will actually provide money and volunteers – I know unions do that very often but I don’t know about other organizations.

  4. '..... just look at the activists ' [Lake]


    One of the Northern California Citizens For a Better Veterans Home advocates forwarded a letter with the woman’s name, and last name , and full name ‘merged’ in the form letter.

    She was kind enuf to put a dark marker thru BARACK and print OPEACH.

  5. '..... just look at the activists ' [Lake]

    America is one of the most religious regions on the planet. And except for Mormons, Orthodox Jews, spiritual / not religious, and older male Protestants ——— real ignorant.

    Sandy Ego County is 40% Dem, 30% GOP, 30% non Dem / non GOP, and yet all five County Supervisors are 50+ white GOPers and have been for decades.

    Like federal felon Puke Cunningham, it takes a formal indictment to blast these corrupt dinosaurs from their power base!

  6. '..... just look at the activists ' [Lake]

    GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press, 48 minutes ago

    MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. – A New Jersey Republican congressional candidate criticized his Democratic opponent Friday amid mounting evidence that Democratic officials planted a tea-party candidate in the race to siphon off conservative votes.

    “My opponent, John Adler, represents everything that is wrong with politics in our country today,” Republican Jon Runyan said. “I would ask for an apology. But frankly, an apology from someone like Congressman Adler would be so meaningless that it’s not worth seeking.”

    He spoke at a news conference Friday as Adler, a first-term Democratic lawmaker, and his campaign remained mum about a report in the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill in which Democratic operatives speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed what Republicans have believed for months:

    That tea-party candidate Peter DeStefano was put on the ballot by Democrats.

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