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CHICAGO (CBS) — Three-term incumbent Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown handily beat back a challenge from Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd) for her seat Tuesday.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Brandis Friedman reports, Brown fought off Munoz with 67 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary.
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“The name-calling and the games did not stop us,” Brown said. “Today, you, the voters – my supporters – gave me a mandate to finish what we have begun.”
During her victory speech in the South Loop, Brown promised to work towards moving her office toward an entirely paperless courtroom.
She also said she was grateful to the voters for being able to see past some of the negativity slung during the campaign.
During her speech, Brown held up a baby whom she called her youngest supporter. The baby was boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s grandson.
The modernization of her office was a central component of Munoz’s campaign. Munoz criticized Brown during the campaign for her failure to fully modernize the office.
In a Chicago Reader article that ran last week, Munoz was also quoted as calling the Circuit Court Clerk’s office the “last bastion of corruption in Cook County.”
Munoz and Brown did not talk to each other after the vote totals came in. But in an interview with CBS 2, he blamed voter apathy for his loss.
“Today’s apathy, I mean, with two former governors (in prison) and today’s historic low voter turnout, it seems pretty clear that Cook County’s not ready for reform,” he said.
There is no Republican in this race in November.