State Rep. Theresa Mah backs Abdelnasser Rashid for Cook County Board against GOP Chair Morrison

CHICAGO (July 23, 2018) — State Representative Theresa Mah (D-2) announced on Monday her support for Democratic Cook County Commissioner 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.

“Abdelnasser has been a bold voice for working and middle class families — from fighting for a living wage for working people in Cook County, to advocating for a fair and transparent property tax system,” said State Rep. Theresa Mah. “Now more than ever, we need leaders in Cook County like Abdelnasser, who will put working families before the needs of corporate special interests.”

“I am grateful for the endorsement of State Rep. Mah, whose work as a community organizer, a policy expert, and now, as a legislator, inspires me to continue fighting for working people in Cook County,” said Rashid. “The election of an independent, progressive candidate like Theresa Mah is a sign that our communities are ready for sensible leadership that has their best interests in mind.”

Rep. Mah beat a Democratic machine candidate in a heated race in 2016, becoming Illinois’ first Asian-American state legislator.

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.