Meet The 4 Democratic Candidates For Cook County Circuit Court Clerk

Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Candidates Democrats
Photo credit Richard Boykin; Michael Cabonagi; Iris Martinez; Jacob Meister (images from various sources)
By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- There’s a spirited primary battle among Democratic candidates hoping to replace outgoing Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown.Former Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin knows the circuit court clerk’s office was viewed by some as a political hiring ground, but promises if he’s elected, those days will be over.

He suggests that the Democratic Party wants the jobs, and has slated a candidate who has no expertise or experience.That slated candidate is County Board of Review Chairman Michael Cabonargi, who says he implemented administrative and technological reforms.

“The first thing we did was translate everything into the languages that people speak in Cook County: Spanish, Polish, Korean, Mandarin,” he said.

Also in the race is current and previous candidate Jacob Meister. He highlights his experience as an attorney and says it would help him reform the office.

“I see what works and what doesn’t work and I understand how broken the circuit court of Cook County is and how badly the office needs to be modernized,” he said.

Iris Martinez, a veteran Illinois state senator, says what’s needed isn’t an attorney but a capable administrator: “It’s a matter of coordinating.”

The candidates go through their respective backgrounds on “At Issue,” which runs 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday.