Press Release for Windmill Herald
Though only twenty-five years old, Ravi Singh is mature in experience and successful in achievement far beyond his years. A strong believer in education, he is a graduate of Marmion Military Academy, Valparaiso University and holds a Masters degree from Northwestern University. Ravi has also taught at several community colleges including Community College of DuPage.
Singh has made a habit of breaking new ground. He was the first minority person elected Student Body President at Valparaiso and was the first Indian to captain a NCAA Division I golf team. Now, Ravi is working to become the first Asian American ever elected to the Illinois House of Representatives.
Ravi Singh is experienced at the State Government level and has extensive campaign experience. He was an assistant to Lt. Governor Bob Kustra, reporting to him on legislative committee hearings regarding crime, education and budget policy. Later he worked as Coordinator of Community Relations for State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka. Singh has volunteered on several political campaigns including Bob Dole for President, Rick Angel for Congress, John Zaruba for Sheriff, and Jim Edgar for Governor.
Ravi's other activities in the community include lecturing at local high schools and colleges on religion and politics. He has helped the Boy Scouts raise money to recruit minority members. Ravi Singh is the producer and host of Next Generation TV which targets the next generation to get involved and build the community.
Ravi Singh has been planning to run for State Representative in the March 17, 1998 Republican primary since June of 1997. He opened an office at 10 S. River St, on October 5, formerly occupied by the Stover for Mayor campaign. He has two full time staff members including Campaign Manager Dan Heckle, who previously worked for Illinois Citizens for a Sound Economy and Office Manager Emily Haas. Ravi officially kicked off his campaign on September 24, 1997 with press conferences at the Aurora GAR and Geneva Courthouse. Since then Singh has personally visited every corner of the district. He has gone door to door in the Aurora commercial district stopping to visit with every business owner. He has been at the Geneva and Aurora train stations serving coffee as early as 4 a.m. and as late as 7 p.m. greeting the commuters on their way to work and home. On December 1, supporters of the Singh campaign threw a Monday Night Football "Friendraiser" at the Tavern on the Fox in Aurora. Most recently Singh spent the entire morning of December 5th serving coffee to patrons of Harner's Restaurant exemplifying his pledge to be a servant to the community, as it's elected Representative.
In the coming weeks Ravi will be having a "Coffee Tour". According to Singh, "If you are going to earn the trust of the people, you have to be willing to serve!"