Assessor candidates clash at forum

[VIDEO] The two candidate for Evanston Township assessor clashed over performance and qualifications during a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters this afternoon.

While both candidates are long-time real estate agents and are certified by the state as assessing officers, incumbent Sharon Eckersall said her experience in the job and extra training classes make her better qualified.

Challenger Bonnie Wilson stressed the high cost to taxpayers of lawsuits filed by disgruntled former employees of the assessor. She said would do a better job of communicating with taxpayers and was open to abolishing the office — which critics say duplicates functions performed at the county level — if that’s what voters prefer.

Wilson said she has the support of all the city’s aldermen, while Eckersall noted that she was initially appointed to the job by the Mayor Lorraine Morton.

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