Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Very few subcircuit races uncontested after first day of filing

Updated 11/24/15 at 11:05 a.m.

Judge Freddrenna M. Lyle is so far unopposed in her bid to hold the Stuart vacancy in the 5th Subcircuit.

No one has yet filed against Richard C. Cooke in the race for the Santiago vacancy in the 6th Subcircuit, nor has anyone yet filed against Judge Marianne Jackson in the race for the Burrell vacancy in the 7th Subcircuit.

I have found a campaign website for Judge Jackson, however. That's a link to the site in the preceding sentence; a link has been added to blog Sidebar.

No one has yet filed against either of the slated candidates in the 11th Subcircuit, Judge Marc Martin (Kelly vacancy) or William B. Sullivan (Zwick vacancy).

Countryside attorney Donna McDonald was the only person to file for the Kunkle vacancy in the 4th Subcircuit Monday. I can find no campaign website for Ms. McDonald as of yet; according to ARDC, McDonald has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1980.

McDonald is unlikely to be alone in this race for long: This is the vacancy that Judge Edward J. King holds pursuant to appointment by the Supreme Court. He will presumably be filing his nominating petitions soon.

Nobody filed yesterday for the Tristano vacancy in the 12th Judicial Subcircuit, not even Judge Carrie Hamilton, who holds the seat pursuant to appointment by the Illinois Supreme Court and who has been slated by the Democratic Party for the vacancy. She will also presumably be filing her papers soon.

A Republican surfaced in the race for the Tristano vacancy this morning. David Studenroth, a Park Ridge criminal defense attorney, filed for this vacancy today. According to ARDC, Studenroth has been licensed as an attorney in Illinois since 1987.

The fact is that candidates may, and probably will, surface in several of these races before filing closes next Monday. There may eventually be some unopposed subcircuit races when the ballots are finally printed next year -- but those races may be cleared by ballot challenges or negotiation.

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