Monday, October 19, 2009

Pamela Cotten to make 3rd Subcircuit bench bid

Per email received today from campaign manager Karl Perteet, Pamela Cotten is planning to file in Cook County's Third Judicial Subcircuit. That's a link to Cotten's campaign website in the preceding sentence; a link has also been added to the Sidebar.

A lawyer since 1995, Cotten currently works for the Chicago Housing Authority. According to her campaign website, Cotten has been with the CHA for 11 years, presently serving as an Assistant General Counsel. After graduating from DePaul Law School, Cotten served as a law clerk for Illinois Appellate Court Justice William Cousins and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Freeman.

Before becoming a lawyer, according to her campaign biography, Cotten taught kindergarten at St. Helena of the Cross Grade School, where she attended school as a child. Cotten has also taught overseas, in Japan, and served as a "a clinical therapist for the Englewood Community Health Organization, where she provided group and individual counseling for teens and young adults." Cotten's undergraduate degree is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; she is a graduate of Chicago's Mother McAuley High School.

Cotten's website also notes that, if elected, she would be the first African-American elected from the Third Subcircuit.

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