Published in the Urban Coaster, August 21, 2009
I’ve been active in progressive politics, issue campaigns and elections my whole career. Never have I been faced with a more complex challenge than my current job: managing a judicial candidate’s primary campaign. But like most voters, I didn’t know the first thing about judge races. All I knew was that these races were confusing. What’s the difference between county-wide races and subcircuit races? The “Yes” vs. “No” votes? Why are judges elected anyway?
The confusion aside, one thing I believed before I became a judicial candidate’s campaign manager and now believe even stronger, is that our judiciary is a critical part of our democracy. And just as we voters exercise our responsibility to hold our elected officials accountable and put the best person in the job, we need to do the same for Cook County’s judiciary.
I’ll try to clarify some things about judicial races. About half our judges in Cook County are appointed and half are elected. The appointed judges are appointed by sitting judges…
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