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State Green Party Announces Congressional Candidate

By Kevin Robinson in News on Apr 8, 2008 6:10PM

If you guessed that a former Navy nuclear submarine officer who served in and around the Arabian Gulf during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, who owns a real estate investment firm in suburban Chicago, and who was Officer in Charge of the Center for Information Dominance Learning Site at Great Lakes Naval Station is running for congress as a Green this year, you'd be right.

On Monday the Illinois State Green Party filed paperwork in Springfield to nominate David Kalbfleisch, who lives in Arlington Heights, as their candidate to run against Mark Kirk in the 10th Congressional District. Kalbfleisch is one of 15 candidates the ILGP is running for congress this year, and like many Green candidates, he supports a single-payer national health care system.

“There’s definitely a Green base lurking in the 10th,” said Kalbfleisch, noting that Rich Whitney, the Green Party's 2006 candidate for governor, received 18 percent of the vote in parts of the 10th congressional district, "even though he was excluded from debates." Besides Kirk, Kalbfleisch is also running against Democrat Dan Seals.