Shaking hands, attending fundraisers, and keeping a candidate’s name out in front of the pack, are just a few of the requirements campaigns are in the midst of doing as the county draws close to the primary election on June 28, 2022. By now, voters have a fair idea of the candidate, their experience, and how each differs on the issues important to the voter. An influx of campaign ads across television screens and mailboxes full of campaign literature has been followed by automated phone calls. Tuesday can’t come soon enough for the candidate and the voter. Victories are often won on slim margins and one vote can make the difference. To ensure you know where to go and what’s on the ballot visit the Kane County elections website .
CEO Ken Griffin’s funneling of influence dollars in the bid to give Republican candidates an edge in filling the newly redistricted Illinois Supreme Court Justice seat makes for interesting reading in this weeks Aurora Beacon News, as well as Sunday’s article featuring Judge Rene Cruz and his Democratic bid for this Illinois Supreme Court Justice seat. As you may know, Judge Rene is a KCDW member. Check out both articles in the Aurora Beacon Newspaper.
For a little backstory, in the race for Illinois Supreme Court Justice on the democratic side, there are three contenders: Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, Lake County Associate Judge Elizabeth Rochford and Judge Rene Cruz. Sunday’s half-page article highlights many of Judge Rene’s leadership roles with professional and community groups during his over 27 years of trial court experience, notwithstanding serving in the Hispanic community, and his and his wife’s work to support the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry.
There are also three contenders for Kane County Circuit Judge: Judge Bianca Camargo, Brittany Pedersen and Tom St. Jules. Judge Bianca Camargo is running to retain her current position as Circuit Judge. She was appointed to the Circuit Judge position last year. Brittany Pedersen is a former public defender, lawyer, mother, business woman and community advocate. Tom St. Jules is also a lawyer, grassroots activist and volunteer. For information on their respective campaigns click on the “Current Candidates” page on this website, where you can find a complete list of all members running in the primary.
There is also sad news to share with readership. Our dear friend Greg Elsbree of Aurora, IL has died. Greg was the chair of the Aurora Township Democrats. Under his leadership he worked to expand our democratic base. He organized get out the vote efforts, fundraisers, pot lucks to bring people together, and so much more. His obituary says Greg lived a very selfless and humble life, was the kindest soul and had a most gentle spirit. Those of us who knew him can attest to this. He will be dearly missed.