CHICAGO (August 14, 2018) — Two of the labor movement’s biggest players in Cook County, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31 and the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) announced their endorsement of independent Democratic Cook County board candidate Abdelnasser Rashid, who is running in a closely contested race against incumbent Commissioner and Cook County Republican Party Chair Sean Morrison in the 17th District.
“AFSCME Council 31 supports Abdelnasser Rashid in Cook County’s 17th District because he understands the need for a fair tax system, the importance of the services that Cook County provides, and the value of organized labor in growing and sustaining the middle class,” said Adrienne Alexander, AFSCME Council 31 Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.
“I am proud to accept the support of AFSCME Council 31, the largest union of public service workers in Illinois, and the Chicago Federation of Labor, which represents 500,000 union members in Chicago and Cook County,” said Rashid. “I am dedicated to standing with our unions and working families as they face attacks from the Rauner and Trump administrations.”
Rashid is challenging Republican appointee Sean Morrison for the Cook County Commissioner position in the 17th District. Morrison, who is also chair of the Cook County Republican Party, came under scrutiny recently for advocating for an employee who was a convicted sex offender.
Rashid is the former Deputy Chief of Staff for Cook County Clerk David Orr. He also served as Deputy Campaign Manager on Fritz Kaegi’s successful campaign for Cook County Property Tax Assessor in the March Democratic primary election. He lives in Justice with his wife, an attorney and former Worth Library Board Trustee, and two young daughters.