East Alton, IL – Madison County Democrats were almost left without a candidate for a circuit judge position, but Labor-supporting Glen Carbon attorney Leslie Ann Wood stepped up as a write-in candidate in the March 17 primary and has now been certified for the November ballot.
Wood needed 500 certified write-in votes but when the counting was done, she actually had 1,502.
Wood has been endorsed by the Madison County Democratic Party and was enthusiastically received by the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor. She also has the backing of State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons, another Labor supporter who is running for a different circuit judge position. “Please write her in,” Gibbons told the Federation.
Wood, from Sullivan, Ill., is a lifelong Democrat and worked in several jobs before enrolling the Southern Illinois University Carbondale law school. With her degree, she formed a law firm with two other lawyers in Alton and later East Alton. Her current practice is Glen Carbon.
As an attorney, she has handled bankruptcies, family, personal injury on the plaintiff side, traffic and misdemeanor criminal cases.
“I think my experience is about as well-rounded as it gets, because I haven’t been pigeon-holed in any one place,” she told the Labor Tribune.
“I don’t think there’s a docket up there I haven’t appeared on at some point over the past 20 years.”