Vicki Wright gains Fraternal Order of Police endorsement
From a Vicki Wright campaign press release:
JUDGE VICKI WRIGHT, candidate for the Third District Appellate Court, has received the prestigious endorsement of the State Lodge of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, Springfield, Illinois for the Primary election scheduled for March 21, 2006.
The Fraternal Order of Police represents the interests of 35,000 men and women in uniform state wide. The endorsement came as a result of the combined recommendation from the Legislative Committee of the Fraternal Order of Police comprised of representatives from the Illinois State Police, Illinois FOP Labor Council, Illinois Department of Corrections, County and Municipal Police and Chicago Police. The recommendation from the legislative committee was approved by the Executive Board and the Board of Trustees comprised of law enforcement members from around the State of Illinois.
Judge Wright has been an attorney for 24 years and has always served the community in a public capacity. She has never been the member of a private law firm.
Wright conducted criminal appeals for the Third Appellate District in Ottawa for the first two years of her career and then moved to Whiteside County where she developed a specialty in the prosecution of sex offenders. In 1991, Wright was appointed as the first female Associate Judge in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit which includes, Rock Island, Henry, Mercer and Whiteside County.
Wright stated, "Our citizens respect those who wear uniforms and are willing to risk their lives to protect and serve our community. After September 11, 2001, we all came to appreciate that the members of law enforcement fight the possibility of catastrophic events right here in our communities and are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our safety."
She added, "This is a major endorsement that I am very proud to receive but did not expect, because this is a very hotly contested race. I am gratified to know those in uniform appreciate my service to our community as judge for the last 15 years."
Judge Wright, has been a trial court judge for the last 15 years in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, which includes Rock Island, Whiteside, Henry and Mercer counties.