November 1st, 2004

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Here's how I'm going to vote

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