For Immediate Release – September 8, 2017:
Jim Caffrey, 52, of Elmhurst, will announce his bid to become State Representative during two upcoming events across the district on Saturday, September 16th. Caffrey and his supporters will be in Elmhurst at the plaza at First & Commerce next to the police station at 12:30pm. The campaign will move to Hinsdale at 4:30pm for a kick-off event at the home of Laurie McMahon.
Caffrey is a former Clorox account manager, Peace Corps volunteer, and national political organizer. He will be running to replace State Representative Patti Bellock in Illinois’ 47th District. Bellock announced that she would be retiring at the end of her current term in 2018, leaving the seat open for the first time in 20 years. The 47th District runs along the eastern portion of DuPage County and includes Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, and Westmont. It also includes a small portion of Western Springs in Cook County.
Caffrey, a Democrat, plans to focus his candidacy on the state’s financial situation and restoring trust in state government. “Illinois is a great place to live and raise a family, but we just went two years without a budget because our leaders in Springfield could not work together. The state is struggling to fund basic services and it’s not uncommon to hear frustrated neighbors talk about moving out of state. We need our spirit back. We need to believe that our elected leaders can get the job done.”