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52nd Senate – Joe Parnarauskis – Socialist Equality Party July 7, 2006

Posted by j-dub in Local, Politics.

Well, let’s give politics a spin this time around….joe-s.jpg

I’ve been reviewing the candidates for the 52nd Senate District. At this point there are 2 bonafide candidates; Judy Myers (Republican) and Mike Frerichs (Democrat). There is a potential third candidate in Joe Parnarauskis from the Socialist Equality Party (His signatures are currently being objected).

When I say I’ve been reviewing the candidates for this race, I mean I’ve been reviewing their websites and scouring the internet for facts/knowledge of the candidates and their positions, background, etc. I have not attended any public events or the like at this point.

This is my quick rundown of the potential candidate Joe Parnarauskis (photo courtesy of: http://www.socialequality.com/candidates.html)

Joe Parnarauskis – SEP – “In Illinois’ Legislative District 52, Joe Parnarauskis will be the SEP candidate for state Senate. A life-long resident of the district and a registered nurse for two decades, Parnarauskis, 52, grew up in Westville, a community rich in the history of coal mining.
” – (Taken from http://www.socialequality.com/candidates.html)

That’s really all the personal info I have to go on at this point for our friend Joe Pa. The only documents on file at the SBE are a D-1 statement of organization. No campaign disclosure information yet. I’m assuming that stuff won’t show up until they know he’s a legit candidate.

The SEP website(s), they have multiple sites, are usually talking about their petition/signature denials, objections, etc. They also make reasoning for their campaigns in this manner:

“In launching these campaigns, the SEP is seeking to give voice not only to the intense anger and opposition of millions of working people to the policies of the Bush administration, but also to their disgust with the spinelessness and right-wing policies of the Democratic Party.”

Above quote taken from (http://www.socialequality.com/)

The SEP even has their own Wikipedia entry which can be found here:


I don’t know why, but something about the SEP candidates intrigue me. I don’t know if I care for their angle, but I like the 3rd option in the race. I guess it’s just something about having somebody who’s trying to run in the middle of the Rs and Ds. I really wish there was such a thing as an independent party for statewide races, but I guess then it would have to be a national thing and so on and so forth.

Well, feel free to ingest your knowledge about Joe Pa, the SEP folks, and help educate all of us other Central Illinois voters who want to get TRUE knowledge about our potential candidates. I’m interested to see what other facts we can get about Joe Pa; even if he doesn’t make it to the ballot in November.

Next up will be….Republican, Judy Myers



1. Red State Wannabe - July 10, 2006

I wouldn’t think a Socialist would be running “in between” the Dem and Rep candidates, but well left of the Dems.

2. j-dub - July 10, 2006

Well, I guess you’re probably right. They do get pretty extreme which would be characterized as left of the dems.

I think the reason I say in between is because they are soooo against the war in Iraq, but yet they constantly criticize the dems for trying to block them on the ballot, etc. They also try and garner votes from both of the big parties due to what they consider blunders.

I wish we had a “middle” party…

3. Anonymous - July 10, 2006

I agree with RSW, the Socilaist are running well left of the Dem and Rep as they are both on top of one another on the spectrim.
Like the author, I also seek some one between the Dem and the Rep but that is impossible when the differences are so few

4. j-dub - July 10, 2006

Well, that’s two votes for left of dems on the socialists. The more I contemplate it, the more I think you are correct.

I’m more optimistic about an independent party. I’m not sure it’s impossible. I see enough reason for another party to exist. I think the socialists provide an example of that.

5. Anonymous - July 12, 2006

I would encourage all Illinois residents to place a principled vote for Mr. Parnarauskis. The Democratic party has at every turn been complicit in the imperial agenda of America’s ruling class, a class whose predatory material interests are defended by both of the big business capitalist parties.

The Socialist Equality Party opposes not only the criminal War against Iraq, but also the unprecedented assault on democratic and civil rights at home.

The SEP puts forth a program based on the fundamental reorganization of society, ensuring that the forces of production are used democratically to serve the needs of the people rather than the profit interests of an unelected enriched elite.

6. j-dub - July 13, 2006

Thanks for the post. I appreciate the input. I’d still like to know the SEP stand on other local area issues. I would like to see more depth and detail about their campaign.

7. jonas - March 20, 2008

“In combination, the ballot access requirements for independent legislative candidates in Illinois … operate to unconstitutionally burden the freedom of political association guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth Amendments.” Citing the early filing deadlines and high petition requirements, the court said, “Ballot access barriers this high—they are the most restrictive in the nation and have effectively eliminated independent legislative candidates from the Illinois political scene for a quarter of a century—are not sustainable based on the state’s asserted interest in deterring party splintering, factionalism, and frivolous candidacies.

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