Oberman has a well-established political family. The democratic candidate’s father, Martin, was a Chicago alderman in the 43rd Ward from 1975 to 1987. Justin aimed at national politics and worked in the Transportation Security Administration under Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, the only Democrat in the George W. Bush cabinet.
More recently, Oberman served as a member of the homeland security policy advisory committee for Barack Obama’s successful presidential campaign.
Now Oberman is seeking office to “restor[e] faith in government” and create jobs through a green economy.
“I am running for Treasurer because I can contribute to renewal and recovery in our State to make long overdue changes,” he writes on his official campaign site. “I’ve made it work before in equally challenging conditions, and look forward to earning your support in this election and to the privilege of serving as your State Treasurer.”
He initially wanted to run for Rahm Emanuel's 5th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, but in the end opted to run for treasurer.
Campaign Site: ObermanForIllinois.com
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