Letter: Choice in judge’s race should be based on facts, experience
The letter from Thomas Doyle regarding Judge Marmarie Kostelny published in the March 6, 2014, edition of the Elburn Herald contains several inaccurate and misleading statements.
Judge Kostelny is a candidate seeking the Republican nomination in the March 18 primary for Circuit Judge in the 3rd Subcircuit in Kane County. Mr. Doyle’s comments are an ill-conceived attack calculated to support Judge Kostelny’s opponent, Geneva defense attorney Donald (D.J.) Tegeler. However, Mr. Doyle’s false statements have no place in this election. We write to set the record straight.
First, Mr. Doyle asserts that Mr. Tegeler brings something unique to the contest because he lives in the 3rd Subcircuit. Actually, Judge Kostelny has been a resident of her community in Elgin that is within the 3rd subcircuit since 1994. Mr. Tegeler has been a resident of Mill Creek since only 2003. Mr. Doyle’s attempt to create the false impression that only Tegeler lives in the subcircuit is simply wrong.
Mr. Doyle also claims that as a Family Court judge “she has had simple decisions reversed.” This statement is utterly false. During her nearly four-year assignment to the Family Court, Judge Kostelny presided over hundreds of cases. Yet, only one of those cases was reversed and for reasons not connected to any ruling or finding of Judge Kostelny’s. It is reprehensible that Mr. Doyle would attempt to distort Judge Kostelny’s impeccable judicial record in this manner.
Mr. Doyle also proclaims that Mr. Tegeler “wrote” the drug court rules and regulations. He did not. He served on a committee that was responsible for their drafting.
Finally, Mr. Doyle claims that a circuit judge needs a background in budgets, staffing, management and leadership. This reveals that Mr. Doyle actually has no idea what a circuit judge’s duties and responsibilities are. In the 16th Circuit, the Chief Judge and the Court Administrator are the only members of the judiciary involved in such matters. If Mr. Doyle is basing his choice in this election on those criteria, then his candidate, Mr. Tegeler, is running for the wrong office.
Voters should consider Judge Kostelny’s experience serving as an associate judge for the last seven years (Mr. Tegeler has never served as a judge or an arbitrator). They should also consider the fact that Judge Kostelny received higher ratings in every category and higher recommendations from both the Illinois Bar Association and the Kane County Bar Association than her opponent. The non-partisan views of these organizations and the facts, not Mr. Doyle’s false and uninformed views, should guide voters in making their choice in this election.
Citizens to Elect Judge Marmarie Kostelny