In what is considered a boost in his campaign for Cook County Circuit Court Clerk, Alderman Ricardo Muñoz, received the endorsement of the former Cook County Circuit Court Clerk, Judge Aurelia Pucinski.
Pucinski — who held the office a decade before deciding not to run again in 2000 — says she’s endorsing Chicago Ald. Ricardo Muñoz (22nd) who is squaring off with the incumbent in next month’s Democratic primary.
Pucinski, who hears the appeals of anything from murder to civil cases decided in the lower county circuit court, has witnessed the domino effect of what she describes as chronic record-keeping problems in the Circuit Court clerk’s office. Pucinski said litigants stand before her, ready to make their case only to find paperwork missing from court files maintained by Brown’s office.
“And that is … inappropriate. It’s not right,” Pucinski said at a news conference with Muñoz on Michigan Avenue. “It shows that the office is not functioning well at the trial level, at the appellate level and for the litigants who are then wasting a lot of time. And it’s costing them money because their attorney shows up, oops, have to wait. Have to go back. Come back again,” Pucinski said.
Judge Aurelia Pucinski was considered one of the best Clerks to have served in the position, having cleared up a huge backlog of child support payments during her first year. Judge Pucinski restored faith and professionalism to the office. Pucinski’s endorsement of Alderman Ricardo Muñoz will carry considerable weight. Alderman Ricardo Muñoz has received many endorsements thus far in the campaign against the sitting clerk, Dorothy Brown.
Judge Aurelia Pucinski is running for Illinois Supreme Court Judge in what is considered to be a very competitive race.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is solidly behind Alderman Ricardo Muñoz in his race to become Court Clerk. Muñoz was an early supporter of Preckwinkle during her run for Cook County Board President. One of President Preckwinkle’s opponents in that campaign was Dorothy Brown, whom Preckwinkle soundly defeated in one of the best-run grassroots campaigns in Cook County history.
Alderman Ricardo Muñoz has the support of many progressive Democrats and fellow aldermen. Among the progressive voices supporting Muñoz are Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Congressman Luis Gutierrez. Munoz is also supported by David Hoffman, Former City of Chicago Inspector General, Miguel Del Valle, Former Chicago City Clerk and such aldermen as Bob Fioretti (2nd Ward), Toni Foulkes (15th Ward), Ariel Reboyras (30th Ward), Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward), Rey Colon (35th Ward), Nick Sposato (36th Ward), Mary O’Connor (41st Ward), John Arena (45th Ward), James Cappleman (46th Ward), Ameya Pawar (47th Ward), and Joe Moore (49th Ward).
Former Alderman and UIC head of the political science department and professor, Dick Simpson, is also supportive of Muñoz.
Alderman Ricardo Muñoz has also received the endorsement of the Northside DFA, a community-based grassroots organization that supports progressive candidates.
Alderman Muñoz was the youngest member of the City Council when he first joined the body in 1993. He is a member of the City Council’s progressive caucus.
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