MastandreaLinda Mastandrea, a Paralympian who won 15 gold medals and five silver medals over the course of her athletic career, is running for Circuit Court judge in Cook County, Ill.

“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 1