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|Judicial Candidate's Voting Record Questioned
|A Galesburg woman who is a candidate for the 9th Judicial Circuit Judge position says she voted for candidates outside her own political party because it was her responsibility as a voting citizen to do so.
Pamela Frakes Wilcox says she filed petitions of candidacy for the judicial position which is being vacated by the retirement of Judge Stephen Mathers. She says her voting record has nothing to do with her qualifications to be a judge and people who come before a judge aren't concerned with what political party they belong to.
Wilcox tells WGIL those familiar with her and her family know they have a long Republican history. "My father is Jim Frakes, the retired Chief of Police from Galesburg," Wilcox read from a prepared statement. "My grandmother, Mildred Frakes, was a Republican election judge for over 20 years, and my grandfather, E. H. Frakes, was well known for his Republican politics. My husband, Kit, and I have long honored the values of the Republican Party and still do, in particular that the role of individual and family is placed before the role of government."
Wilcox says she makes no excuse for voting her conscience while adhering to her beliefs and morals.
She says her voting record was called into question by Republican candidates and committee persons in surrounding counties after pulling her record and finding that she voted Democratic in the past two primaries.
Wilcox says people just want a judge who will treat people fairly and someone who knows and upholds the law, which she says, is the kind of judge she would be.
|11 19 09 by Newsroom
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