The Cook County Republican Party has endorsed Sharon Eckersall as its candidate for county assessor in next year’s election.

Eckersall is serving out the final year of her term as Evanston Township Assessor after being shown the door by township voters in April. She received just 28 percent of the vote to 72 percent for challenger Bonnie Wilson.

Wilson won the endorsement of most of Evanston’s elected officials who were dissatisfied about Eckersall’s personnel policies, which had led to three suits against the township by disgruntled former employees.

The GOP convention last weekend at the Rosemont Convention Center also endorsed former state senator Roger Keats of Wilmette as its candidate for Cook County Board President. Keats is a graduate of Evanston Township High School.

The Cook County Republican Party has endorsed Sharon Eckersall as its candidate for county assessor in next year’s election.

Eckersall is serving out the final year of her term as Evanston Township Assessor after being shown the door by township voters in April. She received just 28 percent of the vote to 72 percent for challenger Bonnie Wilson.

Wilson won the endorsement of most of Evanston’s elected officials who were dissatisfied about Eckersall’s personnel policies, which had led to three suits against the township by disgruntled former employees.

The GOP convention last weekend at the Rosemont Convention Center also endorsed former state senator Roger Keats of Wilmette as its candidate for Cook County Board President. Keats is a graduate of Evanston Township High School.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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4 Comments

  1. Comment on Election Percentages
    I feel that the verbage in Bill Smith’s blog was slanted as it always has been when the articles relate to me. Yes,I did receive 28% of the vote but the total percentage of voters in Evanston was only 8%. I think the taxpayers are trying to send a message that they are fed up with the “political machine” in Evanston.

    It is unfortunate for the taxpayers that our government in Evanston cannot have more qualified people run for office and we have to settle for “machine candidates”.

    I think there will be many changes coming on the horizon.

    1. One party state
      I don’t care for the Cook County Machine or Evanston Machine, and I try to vote against their candidates (like Todd Stroger or Jeff Smith) in every primary.

      It really is unfortunate that no matter how bad the machine candidates are, the Republicans are often able to find someone who is even worse. This happened in the last countywide election, where the Republicans put up Peraica instead of giving us a sane alternative to the Toddler.

      The Democratic candidates for Assessor are a bunch of hacks (but really – who else would want the job of Assessor? ). Unfortunately, one of the Democratic hacks will be preferable to Eckersall.

      The same is true at the national level. Barack Obama made it to the presidency after winning tough contests for the Democratic nomination for Senate and then President. The only opposition that the Republicans could come up with was Alan Keyes and Sarah Palin.

      This is why primary elections – which are often ignored – are now more important than ever. For the office of state representative, there are unfortunately no serious candidates running in the Democratic primary. Someone needs to step in to fill this vacuum.

  2. Erroneous Reports
    Everyone knows that the lawsuit going on now has no merit. It was a disgruntled employee who was put up to this by Alderman Burnstein. The position was eliminated due to budget cuts.

    Another lawsuit was dismissed and that one was for a guy who didn’t show up to work for 4 days.

    Wow, if I sued every employer for these things in corporate america there would be no more jobs or businesses. I guess you can say that Democrats are sue happy, even though there’s really nothing to pin on Assessor Eckersall here.

    Oh and shown the door is very inaccurate, seeing that only 8% voter turnout occurred during this municipal election. Could it be that the voters were turned off by all the mudslinging that Democrats are doing?

    By the way, thanks for circulating her name so that everyone can vote for her.

  3. Lucky to have her
    Normally, I am loath to endorse a Republican.

    However, Sharon Eckersall is a thoughtful, intelligent woman who has been a shining light of integrity.

    Evanston voters were foolish to abandon her.

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