Democratic ward and township bosses today chose Stanley Moore to succeed convicted former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers despite Moore's $3,000 fine for allegedly campaigning while on the taxpayer dime at his state job.The selection by party committeemen cameafter 11 candidates, including controversial former County Board President Todd Stroger made their pitches to serve out Beavers' term, which ends in late next year. Beavers was convicted last month on federal charges related to his campaign fund and income tax returns.
All except mortician and former state Sen. Howard Brookins Sr., the father of Ald. Howard Brookins, said they would run for the office next year.
"I think I would maybe just be a caretaker," the elder Brookins said. "I would stay 'til the end of the term. That would be my desire."
His son the alderman, who has the most weighted votes among the 10 committeemen, is heading up the appointment process.
Ald. Brookins was backing former Illinois Department of Transportation official Stanley Moore, who just this week paid off a $3,000 fine for allegedly campaigning on state time during a 2008 campaign against state Rep. Monique Davis, D-Chicago.
Ald. Roderick Sawyer, a committeeman, called that fact "the elephant in the room."
Moore said, "I respectfully disagree with (the state ethics commission's) findings."
Other contenders include Nick Smith, a legislative aide to Ald. Anthony Beale; Brian Sleet, a Dartmouth-educated lawyer who is Ald. Roderick Sawyer's chief of staff; and Kenneth Sawyer, a onetime aide to former U.S. Sen. Roland Burris and an investment banker who said he would donate the position's $85,000 salary to fund scholarships.
In a moment of humor, candidate Susana Sandoval, a grant-writing consultant, said she lived in "Double Jackson Beavers Country." That was a reference to th recent federal convictions of former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., former 7th Ward Ald. Sandi Jackson and Beavers.
Stroger also elicited some laughs.
"I attract attention like a lightning rod," he said. "So I can speak on issues and people will actually listen."
The other candidates are: Algie Crivens, an administrator for a state government re-entry program for ex-offenders; Richard Wooten, a retired Chicago cop who submitted his credentials but did not show up; Ron David, another retired cop who ran for 7th Ward alderman in 2007; Betty Hancock-Perry, a former county contract compliance chief; Joseph Ziegler Jr., executive director of the 18th Ward Community Action Network; and Rev. Jacqueline Lewis.