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Philadelphia (AP)-A candidate in a low-profile race has found an unusual way to raise awareness-she’s advertising on pint glasses in taverns across the city. Linda Carpenter, who wants to be a judge on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, knows it’s an unusual tactic and one likely to raise eyebrows. She said she’s aiming for people who discuss current events and politics over refreshments, not those out to get blotto on boilermakers. To reach them, she sought out conversational pubs, such as The Bishop’s Collar in the Fairmount neighborhood, where she lives. The pint glasses give the address of her campaign Web site, where she has information about her legal background and endorsements. “I want people to actually read about me, not just see my pint glass,” she said. Carpenter’s husband, Thomas L. Kehoe Jr., is one of the owners of the Yards Brewing Co., a Philadelphia microbrewery. He has been ordering custom pint glasses to promote his beer for years, so it wasn’t a big stretch to use the same tactic to promote his wife. “There’s a lot of great conversation in pubs,” Kehoe said. “From what I understand, our Constitution might have been written in pubs here in Philadelphia.” Carpenter is not endorsed by the Democratic City Committee, which is a handicap because many city Democrats base their votes on what ward leaders tell them, especially in low-profile races. “We can do the same thing; we can have a bar in every ward,” Kehoe said. Brian E. Krapf, a Savannah, Ga., attorney and president of the American Political Items Collectors, said candidates used beer mugs for campaigns in the late 19th century, but he hasn’t heard of any using mugs in the post-Prohibition era.

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