“I believe the office of Circuit Court Judge is incredibly important,” says Mastandrea, a lawyer for 18 years. “A judge must be even-handed, fair and compassionate, while making decisions based on the facts and evidence. My experience as an attorney and hearing officer have given me the skills and abilities required of a successful judge.” Mastandrea serves as a hearing officer for the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Human Services, and Illinois Tollway Authority.
New Mobility readers know Mastandrea best as our go-to authority on disability sports. She regularly writes about the Paralympics and also generously shares her insights for any sports-related news stories.
Mastandrea, who has cerebral palsy, earned her law degree in 1994, during the same time period she had begun to compete in the Paralympics. From 1990 to 1999 she represented the United States at two Paralympic Games, three World Championships, the Pan American Games and the Stoke-Mandeville Wheelchair Games, winning a total of 15 gold and five silver medals in wheelchair track. She set national, world and Paralympic records numerous times during her career. She’s the first Paralympian to be inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and received the International Olympic Committee President’s Disabled Athlete Award. She remains involved in the Olympics and Paralympics, currently serving on a legal and ethics committee.
For more information on Mastandrea’s campaign, go to www.mastandreaforjudge.com.