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Democratic Ballot: Evanston voters who select a Democratic ballot in the March 18 Primary Election will have few choices, as many offices are uncontested, including U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, Illinois Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, Treasurer, State Senator, State Representative, Board President of Cook County, Treasurer of Cook County, Assessor of Cook County, Commissioner of the 13th District of the Cook County Board and Democratic Township Committeeman of Evanston Township.

The only contested elections on the Democratic ballot are for (a) Governor/Lieutenant Governor (Pat Quinn/Paul Vallas and Tio Hardiman/Brunell Donald), (b) Cook County Sheriff (Thomas J. Dart, Tadeusz ‘Ted’ Palka, Sylvester E. Baker Jr., and William ‘Burr’ Evans), (c) three slots for Commissioner of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (Cynthia M. Santos, Frank Avila, Timothy ‘Tim’ Bradford, Josina Morita, Tom Courtney, Adam Miguest, John S. Xydakis, Frank Edward Gardner, Kathleen Mary O’Reilley and Brendan Francis Houlihan), and (d) 17 judicial vacancies (see accompanying article).

Republican Ballot: Evanston voters who select a Republican ballot will have a choice in voting for candidates for only four offices: U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and State Treasurer.

James D. Oberweis and Douglas Lee Truax are running for U.S. Senator; David Earl Williams III and Susanne Atanus are running for U.S. Representative; Bill Brady/Maria Rodriguez, Dan Rutherford/Steve Kim, Kirk W. Dillard/Jil Tracy and Bruce Rauner/Evelyn Sanguinetti are running for Governor/Lieutenant Governor; and Tom Cross and Bob Grogan are running for State Treasurer.

In the March 18 primary, Evanston voters will also be asked to vote for candidates to fill three vacant positions for Cook County Circuit Court Judge from the 9th Judicial Subcircuit, which includes Evanston, surrounding suburbs and parts of Chicago. The table below lists the candidates running to fill each of the three vacancies, and it provides the rating of each candidate by the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), the Chicago Council of Lawyers (CCL) and the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).

       Ratings of Judicial Candidates, 9th Subcircuit

                                                         CBA      CCL        ISBA                                   

Vacancy of Goldberg

Jerry A. Esrig                                      HQ         WQ             Q

Megan Elizabeth Goldish                      HQ          Q              Q

Nathan Benjamin Myers                       NR         NQ              NQ

Vacancy of Meyer

Monica A. Forte                                   NR            Q              Q

Anjana Hansen                                    Q             Q              Q  

Thomas Peter Kougias                          Q           NQ           NQ

Vacancy of Preston

Brian Alexander                                   Q             Q             Q

Thomas M. Cushing                            HQ         WQ             Q

Michael Francis Otto                             Q            Q             Q

Abbey Fishman Romanek                      Q            Q             Q

Michael Alan Strom                             HQ         WQ              Q

In the table above: “HQ” means highly qualified and “WQ” means well qualified; “Q” means qualified; “NR” means not recommended and “NQ” means not qualified. Ratings of these candidates by other bar associations are available online.

Four of the candidates are Evanston residents: Jerry A. Esrig, Megan Elizabeth Goldish, Anjana Hansen and Thomas M. Cushing.

Evanston voters will also be asked to vote for candidates to fill three vacancies on the Appellate Court, 1st District (which handles appeals from all Circuit Courts of Cook County) and for candidates to fill 11 vacancies for Cook County Circuit Court Judge of the Cook County Judicial Circuit (which are filled based on a County-wide vote). Bar association ratings of each the candidates running to fill these vacancies are available online.


Early Voting Continues Through March 15

Early Voting for the March 18th Primary election continues through March 15.  People may cast on early vote in Evanston at the Loraine H. Morton Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave. between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday.

State law requires early voters to display valid identification to an election official before receiving a ballot to vote early. Valid forms of ID include a current driver’s license, state-issued ID card or another government-issued ID with a photograph.

On election day March 8, polls are scheduled to be open between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.