Press Release | Fri January 19, 2018, 12:32 PM EST
"Aaron won our membership endorsement process with 77% of the vote despite the crowded field of eight candidates running." - Progressives of Kane County
Progressives of Kane County, a grassroots Democratic organization, today announced its support of Aaron Goldstein for Illinois Attorney General.
“The Progressives of Kane County are happy to announce our endorsement of Aaron Goldstein for Illinois Attorney General,” said the organization in a statement. “He won our membership endorsement process with 77% of the vote despite the crowded field of eight candidates running. He will stand up for everyday people, protect our environment, and address the scourge of gun violence in our state. We have a unique opportunity to elect a progressive champion who will fight for the rights of all Illinoisans.”
Goldstein’s progressive agenda is based upon his vision that Illinois must be a state where justice and equal treatment under the law are a given. “As attorney general, I would reform the criminal justice system to eliminate discrimination and abuse, stop mass incarceration and fight corruption,” Goldstein said.
He promises to be a true advocate for progressive change, vowing to stand up for all Illinoisans—especially the underrepresented. “When I am Attorney General, big corporations who commit crimes and perpetrate unjust and unethical practices will be held accountable. I will be bold and aggressive in making sure our legal climate forces legislators to turn this state around. The people of Illinois deserve it and they will get it,” said Goldstein.
The former public defender witnessed corruption at the highest levels, inspiring him to fight to “upend the corrupt status quo—led by big corporations, big money and political cronyism—that has allowed so many hard-working citizens of Illinois to be left behind and while creating serious economic stagnation.”
About Progressives of Kane County
The mission of the Progressives of Kane County is to effect meaningful change in local, state, and national politics by actively promoting a progressive agenda through stewardship of the fair interests of all Americans. The Progressives of Kane County formed as a group in the summer of 2016, evolving from local supporters of the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign. Since the November 2016 election, the group has grown substantially, reorganized and refocused on promoting a progressive agenda at the local level. The group encourages active participation in government, supports fair elections, tracks and monitors local government entities, identifies and supports potential candidates, and educates and mobilizes members on policy issues.
About Aaron Goldstein, Progressive Democratic Candidate for Illinois Attorney General
Attorney Aaron Goldstein is, first and foremost, a defender of the people, who believes in the fundamental right of all citizens to due process and fair legal representation. He is a Chicago native who earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois in Champaign, and then earned his Juris Doctor, with distinction, from the University of Iowa School of Law, entering the State Bar of Illinois in 2000. He served in the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender from 2001 to 2007 as a defense litigator and attorney supervisor before founding his Chicago-based private practice as a defense attorney.
He has litigated more than 30 felony jury trials, 50 felony bench trials, and more than 100 felony motions. As a public defender, he has firsthand knowledge of the racial and ethnic inequities in the criminal justice system and the lack of re-entry opportunity for ex-offenders. He also has gained keen understanding of the legal techniques people in business and governmental leadership roles use to abuse their power.
In 2014, Goldstein was a Democratic candidate for Illinois State Representative of the 40th District. In 2016, he ran for Chicago’s 33rd Ward Democratic Committeeman and against very long odds, defeated 40-year incumbent Richard Mell, considered one of Chicago’s most powerful Democratic machine politicians and power brokers. Goldstein immediately initiated reforms to his ward’s judicial review and evaluation process and has been a vocal advocate for judicial reform in the Cook County Democratic Party ever since.
As a law educator, he has served as Adjunct Professor of Law at DePaul University School of Law and North Park University, where he has taught trial advocacy, criminal law and criminal procedure.
Goldstein lives in Chicago with his wife, Nicole, and their two daughters.
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Press Release | Fri January 19, 2018, 12:32 PM EST