I am Endorsed: Two Releases


Paul Mitchell picks up Four Group Endorsements

“This morning, everyone here at Paul Mitchell’s campaign office is in a celebratory mood,” said a campaign volunteer on Tuesday. “The list of endorsements is growing; we’ve just added four conservative groups to the endorsements list, with more to come!”

“These four endorsements,” says Mitchell, “show my credibility to my socially conservative base, my fiscally conservative allies, and to the reform/912/tea party movement.”

In a press release, The Illinois Federation for Right to Life Political Action Committee (IFRL-PAC) announced its endorsement of Paul Mitchell as Republican candidate for the sixty-second Illinois House District in the primary election to be held February, 2010.

“Not only has Mr. Mitchell expressed a desire to protect unborn children,” IFRL-PAC’s press release said, “but he has also indicated his support for the disabled as well as those endangered at the end of life.” The Illinois Federation for Right to Life is a statewide organization with local affiliates throughout the State of Illinois.

Paul’s candidacy was also endorsed by Tax Accountability, when he signed their Taxpayer Protection Pledge opposing any and all efforts to increase taxes. “Tax Accountability is the political action arm of National Taxpayers United of Illinois (NTUI). NTUI is the largest taxpayer protection organization in Illinois with over 30,000 members and supporters. NTUI was founded in 1976 and since that time we have helped Illinois citizens save over $88 billion in income and property taxes at the state and local levels.”

Paul is also endorsed by the Illinois Conservatives Facebook group, (see article here). Zach Oltmanns of Rockford says he organized the Facebook group a year ago, and that endorsement decisions are made by officers with feedback from group members.

“We make our decisions by a majority vote from our leadership group. The 599 members let me know who they believe we should endorse or look into,” Oltmanns wrote via email.

In addition, Paul is endorsed by the 912 Candidates organization; see Paul’s page on the 912 Candidate website, here.

Media Contact:
Lynn Thomas

For Immediate Release:

November 24, 2009


List includes two statewide candidates, current and former political leaders.

Paul Mitchell, a Republican candidate for State Representative in the 62nd District, today released the following list of individual endorsements:

  • Mr. Adam Andrzejewski
  • Mr. Ken Arnold
  • Mr. Thom Brasuell
  • Mr. Michael Carbone
  • Mr. Don Castella
  • Mr. Phil Collins
  • Hon. Ralph Davis
  • Mr. Frederick Dempsey, esq.
  • Dr. Sandra Dempsey, M.D.
  • Mr. Peter Karlovics, esq.
  • Mrs. Irene Napier
  • Mrs. Bonnie Quirke
  • Col. & Mrs. Raymond True
  • Rev. Richard Valkanet
  • Mr. Joe Walsh
  • Rev. Randy White

Each of these endorsements is from the endorser personally, and is not representative of the organizations or offices they are associated with.

Adam Andrezejewski is a leading Republican candidate for Illinois governor. Randy White is a Republican candidate for Illinois Lieutenant Governor. Joe Walsh is a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in the 8th district. Ralph Davis is a former mayor of the Village of Round Lake Beach. Phil Collins is Executive Director of the Illnois Center Right Coalition and a candidate for State Representative in the 17th district. Ken Arnold is a former congressional candidate, a Warren Township Precinct Committeeman, and a former Warren Township Republican Chairman. Don Castella is the Vernon Hills Township Republican Chairman. Peter Karlovics is a Gurnee attorney, a Warren Township Precinct Committeeman, and a former Warren Township Republican Chairman. Raymond True is Chairman of the Republican Assembly of Lake County, and a retired U.S. Air Force officer. Bonnie Quirke and Irene Napier are well-known prolife leaders in Lake and McHenry Counties. Richard Valkanet is pastor of Living Waters Assemblies of God Church in Grayslake. Thomas Brasuell is a Grayslake small business owner. Frederick Dempsey is an attorney living in Mundelein; his wife, Dr. Sandra Dempsey, is a Mundelein physician.

Mitchell, 47, a Hainesville resident, is seeking the GOP nomination in the 62nd district, in central Lake County. That seat is currently held by State Representative Sandy Cole (R-Grayslake) who is seeking re-election to her third term. Saying that he is “running on the Republican platform, and not away from it,” Mitchell cites Cole’s votes on spending, increased environmental restrictions, new business regulations, and increased abortion funding, as well her contributions from labor unions, environmental groups, and pro-choice organizations as reasons why he is seeking the office.

Mitchell also criticized what he called Cole’s “lack of leadership” on key issues. “Sandy Cole has authored only one piece of legislation during her two terms, a new restriction on local businesses. She has provided zero leadership on cutting taxes or on ethical reform. I hope to change that when I go to Springfield.”

Says Mitchell, “I’m immensely grateful to all these good people for their endorsements, and many more like them who have offered their support and encouragement to my campaign. I look forward to seeing this list grow into the thousands on primary election day, February 2nd, 2010.”