Larry Suffredin endorses Hagerty for mayor

Larry Suffredin.

Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin has endorsed businessman Steve Hagerty in the runoff to be Evanston's next mayor.

Suffredin had not made an endorsement during the mayoral primary, while his chief of staff, Brian Miller, was in what was then a five-way race.

But with Miller finishing third in the primary and out of the runoff, Suffedin has now endorsed Hagerty over the second place primary finisher, Alderman Mark Tendam, 6th Ward.

In an email message Suffredin said:

I love Evanston – our neighborhoods, our people and our community organizations. It has been an incredible honor to serve as your County Commissioner since you first elected me in 2002. As a longtime Evanston resident, I care deeply about ensuring we have the right leader for our community’s future – and that is why I am voting for Steve Hagerty for Mayor.

 

Steve has a dynamic approach to leadership and to Evanston issues.  He wants Evanston to be the boldest, strongest city in Illinois when it comes to fighting gun violence.  I serve as a Board Member of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, and Steve’s passion on issues of public safety – particularly as it relates to our youth – is deeply impressive to me.  He has put forward real plans to address the most pressing issues in our city which you can review at www.SteveHagerty.com.

 

As a County Commissioner, I help oversee a budget of over $4.8 billion.  Government finances are complicated – but very important because they impact every aspect of our lives; from the property taxes we pay, to the safety net services we provide to our most vulnerable, to the quality of our schools and parks.   

 

Steve’s background in municipal finance, which includes overseeing billions of dollars in funds to help communities recover from natural disasters, is truly impressive.  I believe he has the finance background our city government needs, coupled with the progressive values and priorities that we as a community share.  

 

Steve’s vision was shared by the thousands of voters who gave him a strong first place finish in the February 28th Mayoral primary. Steve won every single ward in Evanston by significant margins.  He has worked hard throughout his career to make Evanston a better place.  And I am committed to working hard to help elect him Mayor of our great city.  I hope you will join me in supporting him. 

Meanwhile, Miller, who is 9th Ward alderman, has been posting messages on Facebook suggesting that while he doesn't much like either of the remaining candidates, he views Tendam as the less disappointing choice.

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Comments

Classic Chicago Politics - Ewwwwww

Are you kidding me???? Tendam didn’t endorse Suffredin’s kid in the 6th Ward Aldermanic race and so Suffredin endorses the other guy. Hard to believe this is not mentioned in the article. The classier move would have been for dad to stay out of it - but that wouldn’t be the Chicago way I guess. Aren’t we all tired of this nonsense? I know I am.

A bit like frick and frack

Actually it's a bit like choosing between frick and frack. So it doesn't really matter.

Matters to me

Tendam has actual public sector budget experience and a 20 year track record of leadership on important issues

Tendam has been actively involved in creating the City’s budget for the past 8 years.  That’s actual, hands on and (most importantly) RELEVANT experience.   

The Daily Northwestern has a quote from Haggerty that admits he has been buying name recognition.  I personally like when people EARN name recognition.  Tendam has a 20 year record of civic involvement and real achievements to draw upon (improving access to affordable housing and health care, increasing staffing and funding for our homeless shelters, finding training and job opportunities for Evanston’s youth, etc). 

Tendam is the real deal, he has real experience and he has my support.

Suffredin's point of view

"As a County Commissioner, I help oversee a budget of over $4.8 billion. Government finances are complicated – but very important because they impact every aspect of our lives; from the property taxes we pay, to the safety net services we provide to our most vulnerable, to the quality of our schools and parks."

I'm surprised that Mr. Suffredin views government finances as complicated. He and the other commissioners have a simple solution — just increase our taxes each time the county wants/needs more money. He voted for Toni Preckwinkle's reinstatement of the Stroger sales tax, the regressive beverage tax and has proposed a referendum to support the County Forest Preserves.

Nothing hard about that. Unless, of course, you are the taxpayer who has to come up with the dollars to pay an ever-increasing tax bill.


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