Monday, November 25, 2013

Four of 10 slated countywide judicial candidates unopposed after first day of filing

Maritza Martinez has no challengers so far in her bid for the countywide Burke vacancy. Also unopposed, at this point, are Patricia O'Brien Sheahan (Felton vacancy), Judge Caroline Kate Moreland (Howse vacancy), and Judge Cynthia Y. Cobbs (McDonald vacancy).

Six of the countywide candidates slated by the Democratic Party did draw one or more challengers on the first day of filing.

Stephen J. Feldman
Bridget Anne Mitchell has filed to oppose slated Judge Alfred M. Swanson, Jr. for the Arnold vacancy. The other one-on-one match-up so far pits slated candidate Diana Rosario against Stephen J. Feldman. A criminal defense attorney with an office in the River North neighborhood, Feldman does not yet have a campaign website but he does have a campaign Facebook page. Feldman has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 2001.

Kristal Rivers was slated by the Democrats for the Connors vacancy, but Judge Peter J. Vilkelis and Brendan O'Brien have both filed for this vacancy as well.

Sarah W. Cunningham and Joanne Rosado have filed to run against Judge Daniel J. Kubasiak in the race for the Egan vacancy. Cunningham's candidacy was announced on FWIW last month.

Patricia S. Spratt
Slated candidate William B. Raines has drawn challenges from both Carolyn Joan Gallagher and Patricia S. Spratt in the race for the Neville vacancy. Spratt is a shareholder in the firm of Shefsky & Froelich (the firm that just announced a merger with Taft, Stettinius & Hollister). She has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1991.

Slated Judge Andrea Michele Buford faces challenges from James Patrick Crawley and Kelly Maloney Kachmarik in the race for the Veal vacancy.

Remember, however, that candidates have until December 2 to file. It is likely that there will be additional candidates in many, if not most, of these races.

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