FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 26, 2009
JEREMY KARPEN FOR 39TH STATE REPRESENTATIVE
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JEREMY KARPEN LAUNCHES 2010 CAMPAIGN FOR 39TH STATE REPRESENTATIVE
-Criticizes Incumbent Berrios And Springfield
Mr. Jeremy Karpen officially launched his 2010 campaign for 39th state representative last night, at Cole’s Bar in Logan Square. The Green Party event featured local musicians, and highlighted Mr. Karpen’s message of universal healthcare, affordable housing, and full funding for education and social services.
Mr. Karpen ran for the same office in 2008, taking 21% of the vote. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, working as a therapist for troubled youth at a residential treatment center in Chicago. Mr. Karpen also volunteers his time as a Partner Abuse Intervention Facilitator at a local domestic violence agency.
“The 2008 election ended almost 10 months ago. And for almost 10 months, people have been asking me if I’m running again in 2010,” said Karpen. “The answer is yes. I still believe health care, education, and affordable housing are human rights. Toni Berrios and Springfield continue to push gambling on our communities instead of helping people.”
“Even without Blagojevich, this year was unfortunately all too typical,” said Phil Huckelberry, Chair of the Illinois Green Party. “The General Assembly does nothing all session, ties up funding for social services and public works, then they pass a massive gambling expansion at the last minute that will barely fund either.”
The incumbent, Ms. Maria Antonia “Toni” Berrios, receives thousands of dollars every election cycle from casinos, race tracks, and gambling interests. Her father, Mr. Joseph Berrios, is simultaneously chair of the Cook County Democratic Party, Commissioner on the Cook County Board of Review, and a paid lobbyist for the Illinois Coin Machine Operators Association, one of the largest pro-gambling outfits in Illinois. Ms. Berrios sits on committees and votes on bills that potentially benefit her dad’s clients, including the recently passed Video Gaming Act.
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