CHICAGO (August 20, 2018)–Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) endorsed independent Democratic Cook County Commissioner candidate Abdelnasser Rashid on Monday over Republican incumbent Commissioner Sean Morrison in the Southwest suburban 17th District.
“Endorsing Abdelnasser Rashid for Cook County Commissioner is an easy decision–he is an independent, reform-oriented leader we can trust to put the needs of people first,” said Schakowsky, who represents swathes of the 17th District, including voters in Maine Township and Elk Grove Township. “Abdelnasser is a father who I know will be a voice for women and girls on the Cook County Board. He has proven himself to be a dedicated civil servant during his time in Cook County government and I look forward to working with him in the future to serve the 17th District.”
“I am grateful to be endorsed by Congresswoman Schakowsky, who has been a strong consumer advocate and a leader on women’s rights and healthcare reform in Washington D.C., fighting for policies that choose people over corporations,” said Rashid.
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky is a nine-term Democrat and has been an outspoken leader at the federal level for women’s rights and a leading advocate for seniors, healthcare and the environment.
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.