Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Contested races setting up in several subcircuit races

Five candidates filed in time to qualify for the top-line ballot lottery in the 10th Subcircuit, that one vacancy drawing the single largest number of first day filers.

In addition to the Democratic Party's slated choice, Stephanie Saltouros, opening day filers included the incumbent, Judge Eve Marie Reilly, Colleen Reardon Daly, Michael John Malatesta, and Richard "Rick" Cenar.

There are three candidates so far for the "A" vacancy in the 6th Subcircuit. Judge Anna Loftus holds the seat pursuant to Supreme Court appointment. Carlos Claudio has been slated by the Democratic Party for that vacancy (he has a Facebook campaign page but no campaign website at the moment). Also filing for the "A" vacancy is Ed Underhill.

There are also three candidates, at the moment, for the Williams vacancy in the 5th Subcircuit. Judge Robin Shoffner holds this seat pursuant to Supreme Court appointment and has filed to keep it. Her opponents so far include Daryl Jones and Gwendolyn Dale Anderson. Anderson was first licensed in Illinois in 1977, according to ARDC.

Mary Alice Melchor has announced an intention to seek one of the two available vacancies in the 5th Subcircuit, but has not yet filed.

In the 2nd Subcircuit, Travis Richardson has announced his intention to file, but did not file yesterday morning.

Chelsey R. Robinson
Three other candidates did, however, D. Renee Jackson, Celeste K. Jones and Chelsey R. Robinson. I found Robinson's campaign website while preparing this post; a link has been also added to the blog Sidebar.

According to ARDC, Robinson has been licensed in Illinois since 1996. She currently practices with the firm of Owens & Robinson. According to her campaign bio, Robinson's firm provides representation in "family law, criminal defense, contractual disputes, real estate, bankruptcy, and personal injury matters." A graduate of Howard University and Loyola University School of Law, Robinson has been "active in the Roseland Community hosting outreach programs such as community cookouts, expungement seminars, and the support of children of incarcerated parents," according to her campaign bio, which also notes that she has volunteered at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center mentoring youth.

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