CHICAGO (September 6, 2018)–Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL-4) endorsed independent Democratic Cook County Commissioner candidate Abdelnasser Rashid on Thursday over Republican incumbent Commissioner Sean Morrison in the Southwest suburban 17th District.
“At a time when working families are under attack from the Trump administration, we can count on Abdelnasser on the Cook County Board to stand up strongly for living wages and property tax reform, and to protect the healthcare that families rely on,” said Rep. Gutiérrez. “The last thing we need is a commissioner like Sean Morrison, who puts corporate profits ahead of protecting children.”
Rep. Gutiérrez was referring to the recent report that Morrison asked a Cook County judge to allow his employee–a known child molester–to travel out of state for work. Shortly thereafter, the man was caught in a sting operation for another attempted solicitation of a minor.
“I am grateful to be endorsed by the venerable Congressman Gutiérrez, who has long labored at the national level for the rights of immigrant families like my own,” said Rashid. “I look forward to carrying on his legacy of advocating for the needs of working families and fighting back against the Trump agenda.”
Born in Cook County hospital, Abdelnasser Rashid is an independent Democrat running for Cook County Commissioner in the 17th District because working and middle class families continue to face growing hardships and high property taxes. He has spent his career finding solutions for families and taxpayers.
He fought for property tax relief for homeowners and small businesses while campaigning to elect a new property tax assessor, Fritz Kaegi. As Deputy Chief of Staff for Cook County Clerk David Orr, he was dedicated to making government more efficient, ethical and transparent.
His family’s story drove him to fight for 17th District families at a time when the middle class is being eroded and wealth continues to be concentrated at the very top.
52 years ago, Rashid’s parents traveled to America from a rural village where educational opportunities were scarce, especially for women. They were among the first in their village to send their daughters to college. Rashid grew up helping his mother run a booth at the local flea market and his father operate a small retail business in Chicago. He went on to earn his degree from Harvard.
Abdelnasser, 29, lives in Justice with his wife, Fidaa, an attorney and former Worth Library Board Trustee, and their two young daughters, Alia, 3, and Zulfa, 1.