By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
Attorney Curtis Tarver II, a business owner and resident of North Kenwood, announced on Monday, Oct. 23, that he will run in the 2018 Democratic Primary for State Representative of Illinois’ 25th House District.
The 25th House District includes Hyde Park, Kenwood, Woodlawn, South Shore, South Chicago and East Side.
State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) Democratic Majority Leader, who currently occupies the post, announced in September that she would not seek another term.
The announcement was made at Tarver’s campaign kick-off fundraiser, held at Vice District Brewing Company, 1454 S. Michigan Ave., a company Tarver co founded.
“Our petitions are ready to go,” Tarver said. “We have volunteers and we are already making calls and knocking on doors. We’ve met with elected officials to discuss the campaign. We’re all in.”
Since entering the race on Sept. 28, Tarver said he’s raised more than $15,000 dollars before the end of the third quarter and has continued to bring in approximately $1,000 dollars in total per day, according to his campaign statement.
Tarver said he is positioning himself to lead the race for the open 25th District seat.
Tarver said over the years, he has invested his time in the community as a mentor for the Big Shoulders Fund organization, Depaul USA (an organization that help’s combat homelessness and housing injustice), and is a current business owner of the first African-American owned licensed brewery in the state of Illinois.
Tarver is a graduate of Iowa State University (B.S.) and the University of Iowa Law School (J.D.).