Tomorrow (Tuesday, March 18) is Primary Election Day. If you haven’t done so already, please vote. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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I encourage you to vote the entire ballot, including the contests for Cook County Circuit Court judge. I especially want to draw your attention to the very end of the ballot where you will find races for the 9th Judicial Subcircuit. Unlike the countywide judicial races, the candidates in the 9th Subcircuit run in smaller districts where your vote can make a significant difference.
Two of the candidates in the subcircuit races stand out as exceptionally well-qualified and deserving of your support: Megan Elizabeth Goldish and Abbey Fishman Romanek. I’ve provided links to their respective web sites, so you can do your own research of the candidates and their qualifications.
FOR JUDGE–MEGAN ELEZABETH GOLDISH
I am strongly supporting Megan Elizabeth Goldish, who is running in the Goldberg vacancy. I’ve been deeply impressed by her innovative, thoughtful and progressive approaches to criminal justice and public safety issues.
A graduate of Northwestern Law School, Megan has dedicated her legal career to ensuring that the most vulnerable members of our community–women and children who are victims of abuse–have access to the justice system. She has played an integral leadership role in new court programs aimed at reducing both violence and cycles of abuse.
Megan knows that rehabilitation must be a key aim of the criminal justice system. She serves as the supervising attorney/first chair in the WINGS treatment call, a special court call that helps longtime prostitutes get the help they need to get off the streets-and stay off. Megan helps identify treatment, housing and career counseling options for women who have been charged with prostitution and may be victims of trafficking or serious abuse.
All the bar associations who have reviewed Megan’s credentials have found her qualified. Megan received a “Highly Qualified” rating from the Chicago Bar Association, the highest rating a judicial candidate can receive. She also was found “Highly Recommended” by the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago and “Highly Qualified” by the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois.
FOR COOK COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE–ABBEY FISHMAN ROMANEK
I’m also wholeheartedly supporting Abbey Fishman Romanek, who is running in the Preston vacancy. Our court system needs skilled and compassionate judges who understand the law and understand the lives of ordinary people. Abbey would bring that essential combination of traits to the bench. A daughter of a Holocaust survivor, Abbey was raised to honor the intrinsic equality and worth of all human beings and treat each individual with dignity and respect.
As an attorney, Abbey has represented clients in a wide variety of cases and has served as counsel for both the defense and prosecution. This breadth of experience has provided Abbey with a unique understanding of the perspective each party brings to the courtroom. These are some of the many reasons Congressman Jan Schakowsky has endorsed Abbey for election to the bench.
Like Megan above, Abbey has been found qualified by all the bar associations.
Thanks for considering my recommendations. Perhaps I’ll run into you at the polls!
(You may take this into the polls when you vote).
Below are my recommendations for the March Primary Election. In the vast majority of races, I adopted the recommendations of the 49th Ward Democratic Party. In our organization, the members of the party, not the elected officials, make the endorsement decisions. They are progressive-minded volunteers, not paid political workers. They vote on their endorsement decisions after hearing from all the candidates in an open and democratic process.
The one exception is the race for 9th Subcircuit judge in the Goldberg vacancy. In that race, two well-qualified candidates are running and the members of the 49th Ward Democratic Party split down the middle on whom to endorse. I’m giving my support to Megan Goldish who has received a “highly qualified” or “highly recommended” rating from three of the bar associations and will bring a much-needed focus on rehabilitation to the criminal justice system.
Whatever you do in the Goldberg vacancy race, DO NOT vote for Nathan Benjamin Myers, who has been found unqualified by all the bar associations
United States Senator
(1) Richard J. Durbin
Governor & Lieutenant Governor
(12) Pat Quinn & Paul Vallas
(16) Lisa Madigan
Secretary of State
(17) Jesse White
(18) Sheila Simon
(19) Michael W. Frerichs
U.S. Representative, 9th District
(31) Janice D. Schakowsky
State Central Committeewoman, 9th District
(41) Carol Ronen
State Central Committeeman, 9th District
(42) William Marovitz
State Representative, 14th District
(61) Kelly M. Cassidy
President of County Board
(91) Toni Preckwinkle
(92) David D. Orr
(93) Thomas J. Dart
(97) Maria Pappas
(98) Joseph Berrios
County Commissioner, 10th District
(101) Bridget Gainer
County Commissioner, 13th District
(101) Larry Suffredin
Judge of the Appellate Court
(133) Freddrenna M. Lyle (Vacancy of Gordon)
(134) David Ellis (Vacancy of Murphy)
(136) John B. Simon (Vacancy of Steele)
Judge of the Circuit Court
(142) Alfred M. Swanson, Jr. (Vacancy of Arnold)
(143) Maritza Martinez (Vacancy of Burke)
(146) Peter J. Vikelis (Vacancy of Connors)
(147) Daniel J. Kubasiak (Vacancy of Egan)
(148) Patricia O’Brien Sheahan (Vacancy of Phelps Felton)
(149) Caroline Kate Moreland (Vacancy of Howse, Jr.)
(150) Thomas J. Carroll (Vacancy of Lowrance)
(152) Linda L. Mastandrea (Vacancy of McDonald)
(154) William B. Raines (Vacancy of Neville, Jr.)
(158) Diana Rosario (Vacancy of Reyes)
(160) Andrea Michele Buford (Vacancy of Hill Veal)
Public Question (Precincts 2, 12, 17, 18 & 25 only)
“Shall the City of Chicago require a minimum wage of $15 per hour for employees of companies that perform work within the City of Chicago where the employing company had annual gross revenues in excess of $50 million in the last year?”