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Linda Tyson, a Forest Parker and staffer from state Rep Karen Yarbrough’s campaign has thrown her support behind 7th District candidate Emanuel “Chris” Welch, the campaign reported Jan. 13. Tyson, who works as Yarbrough’s fundraising committee chair has worked on local campaigns since the 1983 election of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. She also served on then-Sen. Barack Obama’s Steering Committee for Senior Citizens and has served as campaign manager for Maywood Mayor Henderson Yarbrough (the husband of Karen Yarbrough). Welch said in a press release, “[Tyson’s] expertise, work ethic and qualifications were stellar. Ms. Tyson has fought for many issues affecting Illinois working families and organized labor, energy and fair utility rates, a clean environment, women’s rights and community development for local municipalities.”

-Jean Lotus