September 18, 2006

Judge Vicki Wright scores four

Candidate for 3rd District Appellate Court Judge Vicki Wright has recently gotten the strong endorsement of four key organizations,

  • The Fraternal Order of Police -- Illinois State Lodge;
  • The Associated Firefighters of Illinois;
  • The Illinois Federation of Teachers

  • and
  • The Illinois AFL-CIO.
"Judge Wright’s 15-year career on the bench reflects a strong commitment to integrity, fairness and professionalism. The Illinois AFL-CIO endorses her enthusiastically," said Margaret Blackshere, President of the Illinois AFL-CIO.

"In your 25 years of experience, you have developed a deep understanding of the law and you apply it consistently and equitably," said Rick Merrill, President of the Associated Firefighters of Illinois, which represents 14,500 active and retired professional union firefighters in the state. "As representatives of Illinois’ First Responders, we endorse your candidacy."

"Your commitment to public service and law enforcement is one that we believe strongly yields our support to your campaign," said Ted Street, State President of the Fraternal Order of Police – Illinois State Lodge.

"Judge Wright’s legal abilities, integrity and impartiality make her the best choice in the Third District Appellate campaign," said James Dougherty, President of the 90,000-member Illinois Federation of Teachers. "She has a significant edge over her opponent in terms of judicial experience, as well, and that is important given the court caseload."

"I think Judge Wright just hit a grand slam in her campaign for Third District Appellate Judge," said State Sen. Mike Jacobs, a Wright backer, commenting on the four big endorsements. "Her record as a hard working judge is now bringing these rewards because she earned it long before the campaign ever started."

Read more about these and other endorsements HERE on Judge Wright's website.

General information about Judge Wright and campaign news can be found at the main page at


At 9/18/2006 7:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Judge Wright. Keep up the good work. We are proud of you and for you here in Rock Island County.

At 9/18/2006 5:53 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

Judge Vicki Wright's 15-year record as judge in NW Illinois is excellent and merits her election to the Appellate court. I hear her opponent only has 1 year on the bench. That's a 15-to-1 advantage for her. Plus, her many years -- 25 in all -- working in the professional legal field on behalf of children and families has resonated throughout the district.

Go, Judge Wright, Go!

At 9/19/2006 10:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad she was "Not Recommended" by her peers in the Illinois State Bar Poll ... her opponent is also rated "Highly Qualified" by the Illinois State Bar Association - Vicki is not.

At 9/20/2006 9:55 AM, Blogger demgorilla said...

The same Illinois State Bar Association poll of attorneys rated Judge Vicki Wright "qualified" to be appellate judge. And that same poll gave Vicki Wright a 80% rating on "integrity" -- one of the most important qualities in a judge.

She is endorsed by the police officers who appear in her courtroom and lay their lives on the line to protect us all.

That should tell you something about her integrity, character and qualifications.

At 9/23/2006 8:24 PM, Blogger Huntooner said...

Judge Vicki Wright is not only intelligent and personable, it's obvious to me that she really cares.

Vicki has character and common sense and compassion. She's the kind of judge we need to truly serve and protect the population.

At 9/28/2006 9:31 PM, Anonymous Tom O'Neal said...

To "anonymous":

I've known Vicki Wright for 18 months now. I was her competitor in the Democrat primary. I am voting for her.

As Vicki's opponent likes to say, "don't take my word for it", ask the lawyers that have heard her and her opponent at joint appearances. In both instances of which I have direct knowledge, lawyers who knew neither Judge Wright nor her opponent commended her for her forthrightness and her ability to explain why she was running for appellate court. In contrast, the majority of observations regarding her opponent were that he was combative, antagonistic and negative about Judge Wright. Find out when they'll be together in your area, listen to them and then decide.

Tom O'Neal
Peoria, Illinois


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