Quinn defeats DePaul student in Chicago Ward 13 race
With the strong support of House Speaker Mike Madigan, veteran Alderman Marty Quinn easily topped David Krupa in the 13th Ward, but chances are neither lawmaker has seen the last of the 19-year-old DePaul University student.
In the aftermath, Krupa, who filed a federal lawsuit during the campaign alleging that the two veteran legislators committed election fraud by pressuring residents into removing their names from his ballot petition, told WGN he plans to continue “to be an agent for change.”
In Tuesday’s election, Krupa, who throughout his campaign stressed that his run was as much about standing up to the machine as it was the results themselves, managed 14 percent of the vote.
In his suit, Krupa alleged that Quinn and Madigan associates regularly followed him around and made threats while he campaigned as part of a plan to intimidate him. He added nothing about running in the election came easy.
“I’ve certainly gotten a lot of hate on social media,” he previously told Chicago City Wire, adding that at one point he felt personally threatened by a neighborhood precinct captain leading him to file a police report.
After all the votes were counted, Madigan released a statement that said: “Alderman Marty Quinn has built a shared vision with the residents of the 13th Ward to make the neighborhood a strong and vibrant place to live, work and raise our families. The voters spoke loud and clear and chose the candidate with integrity and dedication to the 13th Ward.”
The 13th Ward includes West Lawn, Clearing, West Elsdon and Garfield Ridge.