About a week and a half ago I received the following letter from appointed Circuit Court Judge Bob Wilbrandt.
Judge Robert Wilbrandt Running for Circuit Court Judge
In his letter, Wilbrandt lets me know as a Republican Precinct Committeeman that he is running to keep his appointed seat in next spring’s Republican Party Primary.
He tells how he has been a Judge in McHenry County for about eleven years, how he grew up in Crystal Lake, went to Central High School and Northwestern University Law School.
He has served as McHenry County Public Defender after years of private practice.
And how he believes in “judicial restraint and in interpreting laws with the meaning they were originally given.”
He pledges to enforce laws “fairly, firmly, and efficiently.”
And today, McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan announced her intention to run for the same job.
McClellan has served on the McHenry County Board and applied to be appointed Associate Judge at least once.
She put the following on Facebook:
Mary Elizabeth McClellan Announces her Candidacy for Circuit Court Judge
Mary E. McClellan, McHenry County Clerk, has announced that she will be running for the vacant seat of Circuit Court Judge Maureen McIntyre in the March 20, 2018 election and will not be seeking a second term of office as County Clerk.
“It has always been my dream as a young girl to someday be a judge,” said Mary E. McClellan. “It is nice to know we can dream, but to actually achieve them as well is special.”
Her vision for the Clerk’s office was an 8 year plan; however, she was able to update the office within a 4 year time period.
“I have spent the last 2 1/2 years serving as the McHenry County Clerk where there have been significant changes in the law as it applies to elections,” she said.
“I have brought the office into the 21st century with fresh ideas and all within budget. This included a new voter registration system, new vital records systems with upgrades to Assumed Name Registration, Notary Public and electronic filing of Statement of Economic Interest filings. These efficiencies have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars to McHenry County taxpayers.”
She has always been very concerned about the community and believes there are solutions available that will enhance fiscal responsibility. She has a strong belief in representing the residents, and puts them before her own interests. She follows the law and upholds the Constitution of the United States and the Illinois Constitution above all else. She has experience in small business budgets as well as multimillion dollar budgets. She has experience managing large groups of people and is a proven successful leader.
“I am running for Circuit Court Judge to guarantee equal access to justice for all citizens,” she said.
After law school, McClellan worked for the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s office, and then moved into private practice where she defended civil rights cases for the Sheriff of Cook County and other municipalities.
She returned to public service in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office and served six years handling complex litigation, civil rights, enforcement of zoning and building, election law, and labor and employment.
She has personally tried many bench trials and jury trials. She has 13 years’ experience practicing law and five years as a paralegal for SNR Denton during law school.
“Public service continues to be an important part of my life and I look forward to serving the citizens of McHenry County,” she said. “As an attorney I have had many opportunities to lead initiatives, provide input to a balanced budget, and interact with the community in different venues.”
Anyone who knows Mary E. McClellan will tell you she is enthusiastic and dedicated.
“I would like to give the Citizens of McHenry County my very best. I would appreciate the opportunity to provide the citizens of McHenry County my dedication and support as their Circuit Court Judge,” she said.