Ahmad and Simpkins were defeated in their bids to hold the 1st Subcircuit Brim and Hopkins vacancies to which they'd been appointed; Martin was defeated in his bid to hold the 11th Subcircuit seat to which he'd been appointed. Cocozza was not a candidate in this year's primary. Cocozza has served in the judiciary since 2013; she is currently serving in an appointment to the countywide Love vacancy.
Two other finalists, Thomas Maloney Cushing and Patrick Joseph Heneghan, were candidates in the 2016 primary. Cushing lost his race against Judge Aleksandra "Alex" Gillespie for the countywide Howlett, Jr. vacancy. Cushing was not the slated candidate. Heneghan, however, was slated by the Cook County Democratic Party in his race for the late-opening, countywide Palmer vacancy, but lost to Susana L. Ortiz.
A number of the finalists have been finalists before. Julie Bess Aimen, Geraldine Ann D'Souza, Tiffany Mary Ferguson, Sanju Oommen Green, and Edward Nicholas Robles were all finalists in the 2014 associate judge selection process. (On the 2014 list, Green was referred to as Sanju David Oommen.)
Julie Aimen is a solo practitioner with an office in the Loop. Licensed in Illinios since 1984, Aimen, according to her firm website, is a past president of the Illinois Attorneys for Criminal Justice, a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a former member of the Board of Governors of the Chicago Council of Lawyers.
|Geraldine Ann D'Souza|
|Tiffany Mary Ferguson|
AABA website, Green is a "founding member of the Chicago Chapter of the National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Bar Association and also served as secretary on its national board." She has also volunteered for Cabrini Connections.
Edward Nicholas Robles has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1988. According to his LinkedIn page, Robles is Deputy General Counsel- Litigation for the Chicago Housing Authority.
More on the rest of the finalists in the next post.