Election Day 2022: Democratic candidates for Cook County president discuss top priorities

Election Day 2022: Democratic candidates for Cook County president discuss top priorities

COOK COUNTY, Unwell. (TOC) — The Prepare dinner County Board president is the county’s chief govt officer who, amongst different issues, oversees the county well being and felony justice methods.

Incumbent Toni Preckwinkle is working for a fourth time period. She’ll face two democratic challengers within the June 28 main.

ABC7 Chicago spoke with all three candidates: Richard Boykin, Zerlina Smith-Members and the incumbent Toni Preckwinkle. She’s served as County Board president since 2010.WATCH: Our Chicago: Prepare dinner County Board President Preckwinkle working for reelection

Beforehand she was alderman of Chicago’s 4th Ward for 19 years. She additionally taught highschool and was an financial improvement coordinator for the town.

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“We now have a historic alternative on this cycle. And that outcomes from a billion greenback funding from the federal authorities in our residents and native authorities. And we’ll be investing in rising our footprint in behavioral well being, a assured revenue pilot, which would be the nation’s largest, and attempting to assist our residents with medical debt. These are the three massive, progressive initiatives we’ll undertake, however we’ll additionally do the sort of infrastructure enhancements and investments in social providers that now we have executed traditionally in Prepare dinner County,” Preckwinkle stated, when requested about her priorities if reelected.

WATCH: Our Chicago: Richard Boykin working for Prepare dinner County board presidentRichard Boykin is a practising lawyer. His political expertise consists of serving as chief of workers to Congressman Danny Davis. And from 2014 to 2018, he served as Prepare dinner County commissioner. He stated the realm is going through a public security disaster.

“I am working for board president as a result of gun violence, carjacking, retail thefts, all of this stuff have mixed to terrorize communities. Our youngsters are actually dying within the streets; households will not be getting justice. My No. 1 precedence is to be sure that now we have secure streets all through Prepare dinner County,” he stated.

WATCH: Our Chicago: Zerlina Smith-Members working for Prepare dinner County president

The third Democratic candidate for Prepare dinner County Board president is Zerlina Smith-Members. She’s a South Austin resident and activist who has stated she was impressed by her grandmother. In 2019, she ran for Chicago Metropolis Council to signify the twenty ninth ward. She stated her prime precedence if elected can be “to be sure that we put the dignity and respect again into the county setting. We at this second know the county is understaffed, we all know the county has an $8.1 billion price range, however but it nonetheless would not present the ample providers that the residents or the workers of the county deserve and wish, so make sure that we put the folks first. That may be my predominant precedence.”

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