Statement from Clerk Orr on MWRD Election Ruling

Clerk David Orr
October 24, 2018
Statement from the Clerk

I am glad Circuit Court Judge Patrick T. Stanton ruled today in the interests of the voters in determining that Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Commissioner Timothy Bradford’s unexpired term will be filled by the winner of the November election for his seat, and not by a political appointee.

It has always been my contention, as was affirmed by the State’s Attorney’s opinion, that following Commissioner Bradford’s untimely death last December, the remainder of his term should be filled by the winner of the Nov. 6, 2018 election for the position. 

More than 60,000 voters took considerable time and effort in April to find out how to vote for a write-in candidate and did so, correctly. Their dedication to the democratic process was incredibly impressive, and they will now be able to choose between two candidates on their ballot for that spot.

As Judge Stanton said in his ruling, “the public policy of Illinois is clear that an election is the preferred method of filling a prolonged vacancy in an elective office.” 

Again, I am glad the court upheld my decision and democracy has been strengthened, giving the final choice to voters, which is where it should be. 

David Orr
Cook County Clerk