JEREMY KARPEN ENDORSED BY THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
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.
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.