Carpentersville Trustee Candidates Create "Save Carpentersville!" Wiki Web site

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Village of Carpentersville trustee Candidates Ken Andresen and Debra Lowen team up to reach out to the public with the first-ever Carpentersville community wiki at The wiki website feature their video introduction and campaign platforms, which will be continually updated well past the April 7th, 2009 election date - win or lose. They will also be doing video webcam reports on issues and events going on in Carpentersville, including important health and safety tips.

Two long-time Carpentersville residents and new candidates to politics - Kenneth Andresen and Debra Lowen - are hoping to change the way politicians can work with their local community - by using Internet technology to listen to residents' needs, share their thoughts, collaborate on ideas and projects, and create good communication and transparency with Village government.

Carpentersville has long been remembered for cantankerous board meetings and hostile elections that could make even veteran politicians in Chicago wince. But two new candidates, independent of the political factions on the Village Board, are teaming up with the help of local online marketing specialist Grant Crowell of ReelSEO, to build what may become the first real Internet community for Carpentersville.

"In order to have good government, you need to have good communication," says Ken Andresen. "Unfortunately, our local politicians are doing all the talking. Deb and I are running for office because we believe there's a much better approach - listening."

"We're the first ever politicians running for any Village of Carpentersville position to be using popular Internet community sites like YouTube, Facebook and MySpace, and even a wiki to give everyone an equal playing field on sharing their ideas, questions and concerns to us." Says Ken.

Ken and Deb have created their community profile pages on YouTube, Facebook, and MySpace under the title, "Save Carpentersville."

Ken and Deb's wiki site, features a video introduction and campaign platforms, which will be continually updated well past the April 7th election date - win or lose. They will also be doing video webcam reports on issues and events going on in Carpentersville, including important health and safety tips.

"We're very committed to this project, and not just for this election. " says Deb. "Even though I've been a late-comer to the Web, like many of my neighbors in Carpentersville, its really opened my eyes to how it can be a powerful tool for building communities and better government. It forces us to be more open, and people can only benefit from an open dialog with government officials and public access."

Ken and Deb are both running as independents, and have both received the support of Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and fellow independents.

"We're looking to be all-inclusive with this project, and not leave anyone out. That's really what a community needs to be about. By showing how we can make it work online, hopefully we can build bridges for the real world and get better relations between board members, staff, residents, businesses, and organizations in Carpentersville. That way everybody benefits."

-- Donations needed to grow Wiki --

To make the Carpentersville wiki fully active where everyone can participate (right now it is a free read-only service), Ken and Deb are looking to raise $499 - the cost for 1 full year for a public wiki with the vendor, PBWiki. For more information on how to donate, please email info(at), or call 815.893.6042.

-- How to get involved! --

Ken, Deb and Grant will all be attending The Dundee Township Democratic Organization's 2009 John F. Kennedy Day Dinner this Friday, April 3rd, at the Randall Oaks Golf Club on 4101 Binnie Road in West Dundee, Illinois. Attendance is $30 ($35 at the door), and includes Dinner and Coffee.

-- About Ken Andresen --

Ken is an accomplished Informational Technology Support professional, and has lived and worked in Carpentersville for over 12 years with his wife, Bobbie. Both Ken and Bobbie have been publicly active in the Carpentersville community with organizing and running parades and holding Sunday school classes for children.

-- About Debra Lowen --

During the time Debra's husband was the Chief of Police of the Village of Carpentersville, she had the opportunity to know and observe Village Staff and Board Members close-up. Her life experience includes working with the public for 40 years in many different capacities, raising 4 children, running a household, and supporting her husband while he completed his education and built his career. Debra has attended hundreds of community meetings, conventions and fundraisers related to police and city business. In her own words, "Municipal government has simply been a big part of my life."

-- About Grant Crowell, Senior Media Analyst, ReelSEO --

Grant is a professional online video marketing specialist, reporter and podcast/video news cast producer and host for ReelSEO - specializing in online video marketing news and solutions for small to medium businesses and the vendors who serve them. Grant is also a former Carpentersville resident of Carpentersville. Grant successfully lobbied the Village of Carpentersville to fund for public videotaping of its board meetings for Comcast Cable. He has also made several entire board meetings available online, including the recent Carpentersville Candidates Forum in its entirety on Google Video.

-- Candidate Contacts --

Ken Andresen
ken [at]

Debra Lowen
debra [at]

-- Press Contacts --

Grant Crowell, Senior Analyst
grant [at]


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