Democrat Kip Kirkpatrick Enters Race for Illinois Treasurer with Statewide Video and Press Release

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Chicago-Area Entrepreneur Uniquely Qualified to do Primary Job of Treasurer - Protect and Grow the Peoples' Money

The treasurer is responsible for investing and protecting the state's money - the peoples' money. In these difficult economic times, we need a treasurer with expertise and a proven track record of smart, responsible investing

Kip Kirkpatrick, 37, a Chicago-area Democrat and successful entrepreneur, released a video message today announcing his candidacy for Illinois State Treasurer. The announcement can be seen at http://www.kipforillinois.com and on YouTube and Vimeo.

"The treasurer is responsible for investing and protecting the state's money - the peoples' money. In these difficult economic times, we need a treasurer with expertise and a proven track record of smart, responsible investing," Kirkpatrick said. "I have that track record and won't have to outsource oversight to Wall Street consultants."

A 1994 graduate of Northwestern University, Kirkpatrick received an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, attending night school as part of the First Scholars program at the First National Bank of Chicago. He co-founded Water Street Healthcare Partners in 2005 to invest in small and mid-size health care businesses. Water Street manages more than $1 billion.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Kirkpatrick attended Northwestern University on a basketball scholarship. He is married to Sara, a former Chicago Public Schools teacher and his childhood sweetheart. The couple lives in Winnetka with their four children.

A lifelong Democrat, Kirkpatrick's grandfather served as Commissioner of Mines and Minerals for the State of Kentucky and his father was Executive Director of the Lexington branch of Habitat for Humanity.

"After witnessing the scandals and bad financial management in state government over the last several years, I know it's time for new leadership in Springfield," Kirkpatrick continued.

"My old basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong used to quote Teddy Roosevelt, 'It's not the critic who counts...but the man in the arena.' I believe the best way to use my skills is to enter the political arena and serve the people of Illinois as their state Treasurer."

To view the announcement, learn more or make a contribution, please visit http://www.kipforillinois.com.

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