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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Democrats hold annual fall fundraiser; Appellate Court candidate Judy Cates is guest speaker

  • Even though storms raged outside and the lights occasionally flickered on and off throughout Friday night, the Saline County Democrats held another successful fall fundraiser, managing to bring in a large crowd and stay on message even when parts of speeches were given candlelit due to short power outages in Morello's Bar and Grill, where the annual fundraiser was held.
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  • Even though storms raged outside and the lights occasionally flickered on and off throughout Friday night, the Saline County Democrats held another successful fall fundraiser, managing to bring in a large crowd and stay on message even when parts of speeches were given candlelit due to short power outages in Morello's Bar and Grill, where the annual fundraiser was held.
    Fifth District Appellate Court Candidate Judy Cates, of Belleville, was the guest speaker at this year's event. She is running against Judge Stephen McGlynn, also of Belleville, who ran for the same position and lost in the last election.
    Cates was introduced by Kathy Morris, wife of Saline County Judge Walden Morris, who said Cates was extremely helpful to their family during Morris' campaign for judge.
    "Judy has the experience, intelligence and temperament to make a fine Appellate Court Justice," Kathy Morris said.
    Cates' speech praised the "wonderful" Southern Illinois Democrats she has met over the past few years, which she attributed to Fifth District Appellate Court Judge Bruce Stewart.
    "My life was touched in a very special way by the Stewart family," she said.
    Stewart also ran against McGlynn in the last election and won, but through that election Cates was introduced to democrats in Saline and surrounding counties, who she said are some of the "best people she knows."
    Cates, who has worked both as a trial lawyer and on the prosecution's side in the state's attorney's office, said she focuses on protecting working families.
    "Over the past 30 years, my life has been representing people like you," she said. "And the reason I'm running is because I want to give back."
    Fifth District Appellate Court Judge Melissa Chapman, who is up for retention this election, was also present at the dinner and gave a short speech.
    "When I'm sitting next to Melissa Chapman and Bruce Stewart you will know you have three of the best judges in Southern Illinois representing you," Cates said.
    Saline County Coroner candidate Curt Hustedde gave a short speech and introduced the democrat candidates for county board, some of whom are currently serving on the board and others who are new to politics. These include Jim Fowler, Bob Oglesby, Bruce Tolley, Gary Siebert, Georgia Cowger, Kerry Jones, Danny Gibbs, Molly Wilson-Dearing, Michelle Gunning, Clint Walker, Bruce Allen, David Phelps and Matthew Mings.
    Incumbent candidate for the Illinois Senate Gary Forby was introduced by county board member Jim Fowler.
    "One of the things that really stuck out to me about Gary is how well he represents the people," Fowler said. "Gary Forby has continually stood up for what is right."
    Forby then spoke at the event, thanking his constituents and talking about standing up for unions, which is something he says his republican opponent Mark Minor does not support.
    Page 2 of 2 - "I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for the people in this room," Forby said.
    Long-time democrat Willie McCluskey then introduced incumbent candidate for the Illinois House of Representatives Brandon Phelps.
    Phelps agreed with Forby's speech, adding, "One thing about pensions – leave the retirees alone," which brought much clapping and verbal agreement from the crowd.

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