Citizens for Ravi Singh
P.O. Box 6161 Aurora, IL 60598 Ph# 630-859-9055 Fx# 630-859-9051For Immediate Release September 23, 1997
Contact: Mini Basati
Singh Seeks to Make History
(Attempts to Become First Asian Elected to Illinois Statehouse)
Aurora-Ravi Singh, Aurora native and Marmion Academy Graduate announced today his intention to run for State Representative in the 42nd district. If Singh, a Sikh, is successful in his bid for the General Assembly seat, he would be the first Asian-American of any ethnic group to be elected to the statehouse in Illinois. The district encompasses Aurora, Geneva, Batavia, North Aurora, Montgomery and St. Charles. The seat is currently held by Republican Susan Deuchler, who will not be running for re-election.
Singh, who has been working on his election plans for several months, has put together a coalition of groups and organizations to assist in running what he says will be a grass roots campaign. As of his announcement date, Singh had already raised $25,000. Because of his early organizing and fundraising, he is expected to be a major player in the upcoming Republican primary in the 42nd district.
Singh made his announcement at two locations, the Grand Army of the Republic Building in Aurora and the Old Court House in Geneva. Both buildings were used by John F. Kennedy, the first Catholic President, when he made his speech 37 years ago talking about the prestige of *-----------------------------------------------------------------99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999/ty. Later, he earned a Masters Degree in Political Science from Northwestern University in only nine months. Following graduation, he served as an aid to Lieutenant Governor Bob Kustra, writing policy analysis for Kustra on statehouse legislation involving crime, education and budget matters. Until he resigned last month, Singh served as Director of Community Relations for State Treasurer Judy Barr Topinka. Singh has also been active helping Republican candidates such as Senator Bob Dole, Governor Jim Edgar, Sheriff John Zaruba, and Aurora Mayor John Stover.