Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Decorated War Veteran Hal Fritz endorses John P. Vespa for Judge

With less than three weeks to go before election day, John has been overwhelmed by the support he has received from his friends, family and the community at large. The endorsement of his campaign by Hal Fritz, a combat decorated Vietnam Veteran, has been one of his most humbling moments. Here is what Mr. Fritz had to say:

"I am very cautious about alignment with political candidates. I am genuinely convinced that John Vespa is the best qualified candidate to fill the judicial position he is seeking. Although he is not a service Veteran, he has been where "the rubber meets the road" as a police officer and pro bono legal advisor to the Veteran community! He has a thorough understanding of "people issues" and will be a fairminded judge for all citizens that come before him. He is not seeking the position for personal gain but rather to "give back to the community" It is indeed a rarity to find an individual so devoted to justice and fairness for everyone irregardless of racial,ethnic,family, or financial background! His heart is with Peoria and its people and you cannot get better than that!"

For more information about Hal Fritz and his valiant service to our nation see the MSNBC report on Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Political Sign Etiquette

In just a few short weeks the local landscape will be peppered with political signs of all colors, shapes, and sizes. It's a slightly annoying, but accepted expression of our democracy. It can also be a fun game for your kids to count the signs as you drive from one destination to another!

John Vespa feels that an honorable sign campaign is a reflection on the character of the candidate. It is our opinion that with Sheriff and Judicial races in particular, the candidate must be respectful to the public, and observe all laws and ordinances regarding private property and signage.

For these reasons, we promise that we, and anyone acting on John's behalf, will observe the following legal and ethical guidelines regarding political signs. This is our pledge to you:

1. Signs will only be placed on private property with the express permission of the owner of said property.

2. There will be no more than 1 sign per yard in a residential setting, unless the property is a corner lot.

3. Signs in residential settings shall be placed on the side of the sidewalk closest to the house. If there is no sidewalk, the sign should be placed to the inside of the imaginary line connecting telephone poles.

4. No signs will be placed on public right of ways, boulevards, and medians. (It's the law!)

5. Meticulous care must be taken that the sign does not obstruct the view of traffic coming from any direction.

6. We will never handle the sign of another candidate, without permission from that candidate. Instead, all violations will be reported to the owner of said property or the township.

7. The wire sign poles should be pushed as far into the ground as they can go, ideally leaving only 1" of space between the bottom of the sign and ground. This will make for a stable sign that is not likely to blow over and be an eyesore.

8. All signs will be removed within 72 hours after the election.

If you have any problems regarding our sign placement, please call Diane at 645-8608. Also, please let us know if you would like a sign in your yard and/or are willing to help us put up political signs. We have the lists, just looking for some muscles! We look forward to a colorful and informative sign season!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

This one is for Carl!

Our friend Carl was teasing us via Facebook that this blog has gone practically dormant since we established the Facebook page. He is right, of course, but that's changing. We plan on resuming a regular update of this page. Truth be told, there are quite a few advantages to the FB environment. For instance, it is much easier to upload pics to Facebook. Plus, FB's character limit forces us to get to the point - which saves time. A drawback, however, is that it is difficult to tell a story or develop a thought. The blog, on the other hand, offers an opportunity to articulate a point of view- like how we are holding up after 14 months of campaigning.

People ask us all the time if we are tired or burned out. Our answer, 95% of the time, is "not in the least bit". Call it stupid, call it adrenaline. The truth is we are energized by voters. Nearly every person has a story. They are all so different, yet so alike. It's a crazy-wonderful experience that neither myself, John, or the kids will ever forget. Most every weekend is a jam-packed itinerary for John. This past weekend was no exception. It brought him to nearly every county in the Circuit. John hates to turn people down. No matter where you live, no matter who you are, your concerns matter. He never forgets that, and he won't forget it if elected to the bench.

If you haven't yet had an opportunity to meet John, chances are you will by November. His goal is to meet every person in the 10th Judicial Circuit. To stay updated on his itinerary please send an e-mail to and request to be on the campaign updates e-mail blasts. Or you can call the campaign office at 309-251-VOTE!(8683) to invite him to your event. A busy, busy season of festivals and parades is right around the corner and we invite you to be part of it. Also, stay tuned to this blog for some exciting events that are in the works!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ready to Rock-n-Roll!

The venue is reserved, the menu selected, the entertainer hired and the party favors have arrived! You are invited to the "Citizens for John Vespa" General election campaign kick-off and beach party fundraiser at Mt. Hawley Country Club on June 10th. The Campaign kickoff promises an evening of camaraderie with friends united for a common cause. We will enjoy a tropical atmosphere, festive dining and entertainment with a short address by the candidate in preparation for a lively Summer and Fall Campaign Season. We hope to see familiar smiling faces from the primary season along with some new ones. One thing is for sure - you will have a blast! See you there!
Citizens for John Vespa Campaign Kickoff Invite

Monday, March 15, 2010

Washington Mayor Gary Manier endorses John Vespa for Judge

John is honored to have the endorsement of Gary Manier, the Mayor of Washington, IL.

"I met John for the 1st time in November at our Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. We have seen each other at many events since and he always has time to chat. I believe that John has the integrity and the commitment to be a very good Judge. I'm proud to endorse John and will be working hard to help him be successful in the upcoming election."

We have very much enjoyed the time we have spent campaigning and getting to know our friends in the city of Washington. We appreciate the support of the Mayor and John promises to merit it! Look for the campaign at the Washington Cherry Festival in June.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Facebook page up and running!

We finally buckled down and created a Facebook page after multiple requests for same. The page launched late last week and over 300 friends have signed up as "Fans". Facebook is a far more hospitable venue for posting multiple photos so check the site frequently for photo additions. We also very much enjoy the interaction with friends, old and new. So please visit, become a fan, leave a comment or two, and join us as we march towards the Fall general election.

John has been busy with post primary activities. We think we have most of the campaign signs down and stored temporarily. A huge thank you to Jack Murhpy of Murphy's U-Store-It who donated the use of a storage facility. He has beautiful facilities all over Illinois so if you need a little extra elbow room in your home, consider giving him a call. If you still have a sign in your yard please store it in your garage until Fall, or give us a call at 251-VOTE(8683) and we can pick it up for you.

This weekend we plan to take the kids on a mini-vacation to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. If you haven't been there yet you don't know what you are missing! Definitely one of our favorite destinations!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Primary Victory!

The campaign is pleased to report that the final results have been tallied and John P. Vespa has won the GOP nomination for Judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit (Vespa vacancy) with 47% of the vote. We are elated and very grateful to the voters. We feel that John's moderate and principled upbringing, reasoned and calm demeanor, strong background in law enforcement and community service, and his ability to reach out to and connect with people from varied walks of life resonated with the voters.

John wants to thank his extended family, his many friends and supporters, his life-long friends who have stood beside him, and those that he works with on a daily basis and strongly support his campaign.

He also would like to recognize the worthiness of his opponents, Valerie Moehle Umholtz and Bruce Thiemenn, both outstanding individuals and attorneys who brought their considerable respective talents to the table. We are proud of not only our campaign but theirs. This race was "fact and ideas based" and featured a very high level of discourse that served the voters well. As mud is being flung about in other races, John felt fortunate to be in a race where all the candidates demonstrated a mutual respect toward one another and maintained their focus on the public for whom they wish to serve.

We now move on to the General Election, with an election date of November 2, 2010. John's Democratic opponent is attorney Chris Spanos.

We may take a few weeks off the campaign trail to clean our house and focus on our children, but will be back better and stronger than ever to complete the final phase of this extraordinarily exciting journey. Thank you to all of the blog readers, our friends and family, the campaign volunteers who worked so tirelessly, and of course the voters! We are truly humbled by the honor of participating in the democratic process. God bless you all!