Former COPA Head Files Petitions For Illinois Attorney General

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(Chicago, IL) First time political candidate Sharon Fairley filed her nominating petitions in Springfield to run for Illinois attorney general on Tuesday, the last day for candidates to file for the March 2018 Primary Election. Fairley turned in the maximum of 10,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot. After months of collecting signatures Fairley wanted to make the trip to Springfield to personally submit her petitions.

“The attorney general can stand tall for the citizens of Illinois to protect our environment, to protect voters’ rights, to protect workers’ rights, to protect women and children and that’s why I’m running for this office,” explains the former federal prosecutor.

Fairley, who once worked in the Illinois attorney general’s office, decided to run after Lisa Madigan announced she would not seek re-election as the state’s chief legal officer, a post she held for 14 years. Fairley stepped down from her role as the chief administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability to run for attorney general. An office which she helped to create and lead in the wake of dashcam video showing a Chicago police officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times.

Fairley spent eight years as a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois. She also worked for the City of Chicago in the Inspector General’s Office as First Deputy Inspector General and General Counsel. Before law school, Sharon held various positions in marketing management, marketing consulting and advertising management, working for and advising multinational corporations on some of the most well-known consumer brands.

If Fairley wins the primary she could become the state’s first black Democratic woman to serve as attorney general.

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