Judy Cates, candidate for 5th District Appellate Court, has been endorsed by the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, which represents more than 34,000 sworn police officers throughout Illinois.
In a letter to Cates announcing the endorsement, the FOP praised Cates for her experience and dedication to law enforcement.
“Throughout your career, whether in the county prosecutor’s office, or as a counsel for a municipal police department, you have worked to earn the respect of the Illinois law enforcement community,” said Ted Street, the FOP State Lodge president. “We are confident you will continue to be the strongest advocate for public safety interests and you will faithfully perform your duties for the people of Illinois.”
“It is my honor to receive the support of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, and the brave men and women who put themselves in harms’ way every day to protect our families,” Cates said. “I am committed to working with law enforcement, just as I have for the last 30 years to ensure the safety of the citizens of Southern Illinois. As a judge, I am prepared to make the tough decisions that are necessary to keep our neighborhoods free on criminal activity.”
Cates has been an attorney in Southern Illinois for more than 30 years. The Illinois State Bar Association rated her as “Highly Qualified” for the position of judge of the 5th District Appellate Court.
The 5th District court is in Mount Vernon and covers the southernmost 37 counties in Illinois.