Candidate order decided in ballot lottery

December 8, 2015
Press Release

Cook County Clerk David Orr and Director of Elections Noah Praetz conducted lotteries on Tuesday to determine the candidate ballot positions in the March 15, 2016 Presidential Primary Election.

Twelve drawings – eight for the first ballot spot and four for the last spot – were held for a total of 10 primary races – nine Democratic and one Republican. The lotteries for the first position on the ballot were comprised of candidates competing for the same office who filed their nomination petitions simultaneously Nov. 23 at 9 a.m., the first day of candidate filing.

At 9:30 a.m. at the Clerk’s downtown Chicago office, Orr and Praetz stuffed slips of paper into bottles for each race, and tossed the bottles into a fishbowl. The bowl was shaken, and the order in which Orr picked the bottles determined ballot order for each race.

The first lottery was for the Democratic contest for Clerk of the Circuit Court. Two candidates were included in the lottery. Orr first pulled out the bottle containing candidate Jacob Meister’s name, giving him the top position in that race. Dorothy Brown, the incumbent, will have the second spot on the ballot in the race for Clerk of the Circuit Court. 

In the Democratic Primary for Cook County State’s Attorney, candidate Kim Foxx got the first spot on the ballot over current State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

A separate lottery was held for candidates vying for the last spot on the ballot. In the Democratic race for Clerk of the Circuit Court, Michelle Harris was awarded the last spot on the ballot. She will proceed after candidate Tio Hardiman who was selected as the second-to-last position on the ballot.

Anyone who filed after 9 a.m. on Nov. 23 and before 3:59 p.m. on Nov. 30 will be on the ballot in the order they turned in their nomination paperwork.

The list of candidates who filed with the Clerk’s office will be updated periodically to reflect who has withdrawn their candidacy and whose candidacy has been challenged. In the far-right status column, a “C” means the candidate has been challenged and a “W” means they have withdrawn. Objections were due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 7.

The Cook County Electoral Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, Dec. 14 at 2:00 p.m. to adopt rules and procedures—no objections will be heard on that day. Initial hearings before a hearing officer will be conducted on Dec. 15 or 16. The hearing officer makes their recommendations to the Electoral Board, which then rules on the objection. A detailed schedule of the hearing times will be updated on the Clerk’s website.

The results of the lottery are below, in the order candidates will appear on the ballot:

First Name on Ballot Lottery 

Democratic Party 

Clerk of the Circuit Court
Jacob Meister
Dorothy A. Brown
State's Attorney
Kim Foxx                     
Anita Alvarez              
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, 6 Year Term 
Kevin McDevitt          
Barbara McGowan – Slate
Mariyana T. Spyropoulos – Slate                   
Josina Morita - Slate  
Patricia Horton          
R. Cary Capparelli                  
Joseph Daniel Cook    
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, 2 Year Term 
Andrew Seo    
Tom Greenhaw          
Ward Committeeman, 10th Ward 
Fred Carrizales           
Susan Sadlowski Garza           
Ward Committeeman, 30th Ward
Ariel E. Reboyras       
Noe Favela                 
Ward Committeeman, 39th Ward
Robert Murphy                      
Patrick Molloy            
Ward Committeeman, 41st Ward 
Andrew Devito                                               
Tim Heneghan           
Republican Party 
Ward Committeeman, 19th Ward 
Steven S. Graves                                
Danny Carbol 
James Jim Parrilli                         

Last Name on Ballot Lottery 
Democratic Party 
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Michelle A. Harris (last on the ballot)
Tio Hardiman (2nd to last on the ballot)

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, 2 Year Term
Martin J. Durkan (last on the ballot)
Robert Shaw (2nd to last on the ballot)

Ward Committeeman, 15th Ward
Gloria A. William (last on the ballot)
Jesus ‘Jesse’ Iniguez (2nd to last on the ballot)