Chicago GOP files five more candidates

June 4, 2014

Chicago GOP files five more candidates

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Republican Party has wrapped up its recruiting season, filing five more candidates for seats in the City of Chicago. This group is in addition to the eight candidates the Chicago GOP recruited last year.

IL House Speaker Mike Madigan's organization challenged the petitions of the Chicago GOP candidates last year and is expected to do so again. "Our petitions are strong," said Chris Cleveland, Chicago GOP spokesman. "We don't expect his challenges will succeed."

"The voters will have a choice this year, whether Mike Madigan likes it or not," said Cleveland.

The full list of candidates is here:

Vince Kolber - 5th Congressional District

An innovator in forming capital for the equipment needs of airlines, railroads and shippers, Vince founded RESIDCO in 1982 and has completed transactions putting and keeping thousands of railcars, locomotives and aircraft in service.  In doing so thousands of railroad, airline and logistics jobs are supported or have come about to keep these vital infrastructure assets in service growing our economy.  He has chaired the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association ("ELFA") Aviation and Fair Business Practices Committees and he speaks for and writes on behalf of the transportation capital industry.  Mr. Kolber holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS from Wharton. He is active in parochial school philanthropy through Sacred Heart and the Big Shoulders Foundation. He is a patron and has chaired St. Genevieve a mostly Hispanic K-8 School on Chicago's West side.  He is active in the Heritage Foundation and has served as Chairman of its Chicago Committee.  He serves on the boards of Little Sisters of the Poor, Open the Books and Truth in Accounting. Kolber has raised significant funding for the RNC and serves on the RNC's Finance Committee.

1,903 signatures filed (399% of minimum)

Erin Broderick - 3rd Senate

Erin is a bankruptcy attorney with Baker & McKenzie. She represents companies in bankruptcy and out-of-court restructurings. She graduated with honors from the University of Michigan law school. She holds leadership positions in a number of legal professional organizations, and volunteers in the community, serving as mentor to eighth graders in low-income school districts.

2,549 signatures filed (255% of minimum)

Greg Bedell - 15th Rep

Greg has served as a Staff Attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission and as an attorney in private practice. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Chicago law school. He spent three years in Paris teaching U.S. constitutional and commercial law to French law students. Greg has volunteered with the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services organization. Working with less fortunate individuals, Greg has helped people facing challenges presented by drug abuse, debt and broken homes. He is a partner in the Loop law firm of Knabe, Kroning & Bedell.

1,500 signatures filed (300% of minimum)

Joseph Bembynista - 19th Rep

Joseph Bembynista has served in the U.S. Navy, as a Chicago police officer, and as an instructor at the City Colleges of Chicago. As both a beneficiary and a victim of the public pension system, he understands the problem and can get to the root cause to address pension reform head on. He supports term limits, and believes that we must control high taxes and wasteful programs.

1,138 signatures filed (228% of minimum)

Lynn Franco - 33rd Rep

Lynn Franco is a writer and entrepreneur. She has served in corporate roles at Illinois Bell, Price Waterhouse and Proctor and Gamble throughout Europe, South American, and the Caribbean. She founded an events planning company in Germany. She has served as a contractor in Iraq and Kuwait. She is fluent in German. She currently works at the University of Chicago. Her first novel will be ready for publication next year.

911 signatures field (182% of minimum)

Chris Cleveland
312 339 2677 mobile
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