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Here's how I'm going to vote - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Nov. 1st, 2004

11:55 pm - Here's how I'm going to vote

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President: David Cobb, write-in. Illinois is not a swing state and Cobb is one of my many new heros.

United States Senator: Barack Obama, Democrat He's cool. Everyone likes him.

Representative in Congress 15th Congressional District: David Gill, Democrat Dr. Gill is fantastic, endorsed by many Greens, he has a great plan for universal health care, and he support fair trade and condemns the WTO.

Representative in the General Assembly 103rd Representative District: Deborah Frank Feinen, Republican Deb has proven herself to be nothing but stellarly progressive on every issue that I've heard her speak on. She's a ray of hope and sanity in the Republican party. And Naomi Jakkobsen is nothing but the failure that I expected her to be. Tom Mackaman is cool for being all third party about it but his platform is a joke.

Auditor: abstain Frerichs was extremely creepy to a friend of mine at a party but this alone is not enough to convince me to support his republican opponent.

Circuit Clerk: Phyllis D. Clark, Democrat Phyllis has been an able administrator at the City of Urbana and would make a fine circuit clerk.

Recorder: abstain

State's Attorney: Julia R. Rietz, Democrat The Brady Smith Case is the main thing people are worked up about but Piland has a long history of being a horrible State's Attorney on many other cases as well. Julia Rietz surprised me at the recent candidates forum by being actually really cool and progressive rather than simply an acceptable alternative to Piland.

Coroner: Duane E. Northrup, Republican I'll take the former felon with experience over the former cop who wants to bloat the coroner's office with all kinds of expansion projects.

County Board Member County Board District 9: Zach Miller, Green

Judge of the Circuit Court Sixth Judicial Circuit Champaign County: abstain. Uncontested races bother me.

Retention for Appelate court, fourth judicial circuit:
John T. McCullough: yes
Robert W. Cook: yes
Robert J. Steigman: no
Circuit Court retention, 6th judicial district: John P. Shonkwiler: yes
http://www.isba.org/judges/champaign.html
(Note: I may change my mind on these in the ballot box. Steigman has the lowest approval ratings from the bar association but he is still "recommended". So maybe he'll get a yes. All three are old men who have been judges for a long time, mostly coming up through the republican party. The agitator in me wants to stir stuff up with no votes for all three.)

Tax to support Persons with Developmental Disabilities: YES

Election Commission: NO
At-Large City Council Representation: NO

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From:arun251
Date:November 2nd, 2004 06:29 am (UTC)
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I think I'll vote against all the judges. You should definitely vote against Steigmann. We (and Danielle) all agree on that.
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From:mrscake
Date:November 2nd, 2004 06:59 am (UTC)
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Here are the ones I feel pretty sure about: Kerry/Edwards, Obama, Gill, Rietz, Clark, Miller. I'll probably go ahead and vote for Freirichs since he was OK to me when I met him. There are actually a few Republicans that don't seem too bad, e.g., Feinen, Northrup, and Ladd. I feel almost guilty about this, since I guess I'd call myself a Dem. (And oh yeah, Jakobsson's husband was fairly nice to me.) But I won't be voting a straight ticket tomorrow.
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From:benchilada
Date:November 2nd, 2004 04:22 pm (UTC)
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I voted pretty much how you did.
I did vote NO on all the judges, just hoping that enough people do it that they THINK. Christ, how old is Shonkwiler, anyway?

But I didn't vote for Feinen...

And the last thing I think the coroner needs to be doing is going out and making their office into a position for social outreach. Just open the bodies, thanks...
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From:ryanfirewitch
Date:November 2nd, 2004 05:11 pm (UTC)
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So is there any kind of exit poll for your race?

Any way of knowing how well you did? Or just waiting until the end?
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From:culfinglin
Date:November 2nd, 2004 06:18 pm (UTC)

lick bush and dick 2004

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so when will you know if you won? :)
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