Gary Seyring: Candidate Profile
Cook County Circuit Court - 13th subcircuit (Republican)
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Family: Married 40 years - 2 children
Occupation: Attorney / CPA
Education: Northern Illinois University - BS Accounting
University Of Illinois -- Certified Public Accountant
The John Marshall Law School - Juris Doctor
Civic involvement: * Illinois Youth Soccer Association -- Member Board of Directors 15 years -- Treasurer 13 years -- Hearing Officer & Appeals to the US Soccer Federation - 2012 Award of Merit for Outstanding Service to Youth Soccer
* Illinois CPA Society -- Volunteer in Military Tax Preparation Project
* Schaumburg Jaycees -- 8 years -- Treasurer and various project chairs
* Schaumburg Athletic Association -- 16 years -- Recreational Soccer Board 8 years -- Head Commissioner Rec Soccer 4 years -- Executive Board 4 years -- Travel Soccer Board 8 years -- Coach - Referee
* Twinbrook YMCA -- 9 years various leadership positions
Elected offices held: None
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Why are you running for this office? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is that?
I have been encouraged by a number of friends, clients and colleagues to run for judge. They believe my 35 years of legal experience coupled with my CPA background and my record of public service qualifies me to be a judge.
I have been in practice for 35 years during which time I have gained a wealth of experience in a number of areas of the law. I have handled various litigation matters. Also, at times during my legal career I have been an arbitrator in the Cook County Arbitration program and for the American Arbitration Association for the construction industry.
My experience includes representing clients from all walks of life: young persons and seniors; individuals, both blue collar and professional; businessmen and corporations. This diverse group of clients gives me a perspective for many of the parties who regularly come before the court. By representing such a wide range of parties in my career, I am not hampered by one perspective thus enhancing my ability to be fair and impartial to all litigants.
In addition to my legal experience my training and background as a Certified Public Accountant has given me a discipline and a perspective not duplicated by other attorneys. It is estimated only 1.25% of attorneys nationwide possess the additional training and discipline of a Certified Public Accountant.
I have lived in Schaumburg for over 39 years where my wife of 40 years and I have raised our two children. Over that time I volunteered in many civic and local organizations. (See above) I believe involvement with these organizations has further increased my sensitivity for diversity. Many years of working with these communities has heightened my ability to listen to people from different perspectives. This experience has also enhanced my ability to be fair and impartial.
What differentiates you most from your opponents in the race?
In addition to being the only Attorney / CPA in the race, what differentiates me from my opponent is my long-term presence in the 13th Subcircuit. I have lived in Schaumburg for over 39 years where my wife of 40 years and I have raised our two children. Over that time I volunteered in many civic and local organizations including the Jaycees, the Twinbrook YMCA, the Schaumburg Athletic Association, where I held leadership positions including treasurer, head commissioner, etc. I have been a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Youth Soccer Association for 15 years and its treasurer for 13 years.
In recent years I have volunteered for the Illinois CPA Society Military Service Tax Preparation Project. CPAs like myself provide free personal income tax preparation to members of the United States Armed Forces who have recently returned from or are still on active duty in a combat zone. I have again volunteered for this project for the upcoming tax season. I'm a firm believer in pro bono work.
I believe involvement with these organizations has further increased my sensitivity for diversity. Many years of working with these communities has heightened my ability to listen to people from different perspectives. This experience has also enhanced my ability to be fair and impartial.
Under the Subcircuit system, Cook County has been divided into 15 subcircuits so residents from a specific geographical area can elect a judge from their community. Unlike my opponent who just arrived on the scene within the last year, I have lived in the 13th Subcircuit for over 39 years. I raised my family in the 13th Subcircuit; I work in the 13th Subcircuit; and I have contributed to this community for over 39 years.
Finally, is there anything we haven't asked about that you feel we should know?
My greatest enjoyment in life is the time I spend with my family. Whether it is holidays, on vacation in Yellowstone, visiting Disney World, or just watching the Chicago Bears and Blackhawks on TV, I will never get enough time with my family. The time we have spent as a family hiking out West, visiting historical sites, fishing and cheering on our favorite team makes life worth living. It is the fabric that binds the family together.