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Democratic women make history on first day of filing for March election

Richard Wooten going for State Rep. of 34th District

Richard Wooten's interest in community- based politics stemmed from his work as a beat liaison officer with the Gresham District Police Station. His passion for working with the African-American com- munity seeking solutions to the pressing issues and building partnerships prompted him to enter the race. Wooten, 46, sustains the ability to be able to lead as responsive and accountable to his constituency. He focuses on providing services and programs actually needed in the ward. He wants to continue those efforts at the state level as a candidate for State Representative for the 34th District, replacing state Rep. Connie Howard. Howard announced her retirement earlier this year. Wooten's platform includes restoring val- ues to build stronger families; supporting veterans and protecting senior citizens; pro- viding greater access to job opportunities and quality schools; and encourage safe, thriving communities.

Richard Wooten

Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown and State's Attorney Anita Alvarez are all smiles as they stand with Cook County Clerk David Orr on the first day of filing nominating petitions. The two Democrats will make Cook County history in the 2012 primary election, for heading an all woman slate. State Rep. Karen Yarbrough will join them on the ballot for Recorder of Deeds. Photo: Special to the Defender

Special to the Defender For the first time in Cook County's his-

tory, all women will be running for three of the top offices in the 2012 primary elec- tion. Slated by the Democratic Party, incumbent Dorothy Brown is seeking re- election for Clerk of the Circuit Court. Anita Alvarez is running for re-election as State's Attorney, and state Representative Karen Yarbrough filed for Recorder of Deeds. Eugene “Gene” Moore, who has held the seat since 1999, is retiring from office.

Cook County, which has the second

largest population in the United States, is made up of nearly 52 percent women. Of that number, approximately 36 percent are voting age. “Women have come a long way in Cook

County politics,” states Brown. I'm delighted to be on the slate with women who have such great leadership ability. Each of us has gotten to where we are against enormous odds and that speaks to the character, determination and focus we bring to our respective offices.” Brown turned in 28,000 signatures on Monday, the first day of filing at the Cook County Clerk's office.

She only needs

5,600 to get on the ballot. The filing peri- od continues until 5 p.m. Monday, December 5. The last day to file an objec- tion to a candidate's nominating petitions is Monday, December 12. Brown, Alvarez and Yarbrough were slated by the Cook County Democratic Party in October.

The election for these offices will be on March 20, 2012.

Kenny Johnson Jr. Chicago Defender • • November 30-December 6, 2011 7

Kenny Johnson aims for State Rep. of 26th District

In a recent poll conducted by Communications Concepts, Kenny Johnson held name recognition advantage over Christian Mitchell, 40.1 percent to 27.7 per- cent.

Johnson, the vice president of Merge Consumer Marketing, is going for the seat currently held by Kimberly du Buclet, who is completing the term Ald. William Burns (4th) term after he won the aldermanic post. She has opted not to run for a full tem. Johnson finished second, behind Burns, in a five-way 2008 Democratic Primary for the 26th District seat.

Alds. Bob Fioretti (2nd), Sandi Jackson (7th) and Willie Cochran (20th) have endorsed his candidacy, Johnson said. The new 26th District runs along the Chicago lakefront from the Gold Coast south of 43rd Street and continues south through portions of Kenwood, Washington Park, Woodlawn, and the South Shore and South Chicago neighborhoods.

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