Candidates running for Cook County 3rd District Commissioner

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
Staff Writer

With four candidates running for the office of Cook County 3rd District Commissioner in the 2018 Illinois Primary election, the group will look to fill a seat left vacant by Commissioner Jerry Butler in 2017.

The 3rd District includes Hyde Park, Prairie Shores, Old Town,
Printers Row, Soldier Field, the Gold Coast, Museum of Science & Industry, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Oakland, North Kenwood, South Side, Washington Park, Jackson Park and Greater Grand Crossing.

The candidates running for office will include Bill Lowry, Horace Washington Howard, Charise Williams and Joshua Gray.

Bill Lowry

Hyde Park resident and Attorney Bill Lowry formally announced his
candidacy for Cook County Commissioner of the 3rd District in September at Gallery Guichard, in Bronzeville after Jerry “Iceman” Butler, announced that he would not run for another term.

Currently, Lowry is a partner and president of Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie & Lowry, P.C., a full service defense firm that handles multi-state civil litigation, in addition to Workers’ Compensation and employment.

The firm currently employs over 50 attorneys and 100 employees.

Lowry is also the founder and president of The It’s Time Organization
(TITO), an anti-violence organization addressing youth violence in the
3rd, 4th and 5th Wards.

During his announcement at the gallery back in September, Lowry spoke about economic development, health care and, the criminal justice system.

“We don’t have a violence problem, we have an economic problem,” Lowry said. “We must develop strategies to keep our children out of the criminal justice system, while also creating new opportunities for our returning citizens, as without such opportunities, the epidemic of
recidivism will only continue.”

Lowry said if elected, he will work to ensure that health care is
available for everyone in the 3rd District for children, for Medicaid recipients and for seniors.

Early in his candidacy, Lowry has already amassed a long list of
endorsements from elected officials that include State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13), State Sen. Donne Trotter (D-17), State Rep. Justin Slaughter (D-27), Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers, Ald. Sophia King (4th), Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd), Ald. Michelle Harris (8th) and Commissioner Larry Rogers, Jr., Cook County Board of Review.

Horace Washington Howard

Horace Washington Howard, the cousin of the late Mayor Harold Washington, Chicago’s first black mayor, will also run for Cook County Board Commissioner’s office of the 3rd District.

According to Washington Howard, his campaign strategy is to help bring together young African Americans leaders of the global economy, increase non-violence prevention programs for the community, fight for mental health, answer the public’s demand for Obamacare, fight for the homeless and increase workers wages.

He said when it comes to developing a strategy for helping bring
together African American leaders of the global economy, it all starts with addressing issues in Cook County.

Charise Williams

As a candidate for Cook County Commissioner of the 3rd District, Williams believes in Progressive leadership, Accountability and Reform, according to her campaign website. If elected, Williams said she will work to build strong partnerships with other branches of government and community stakeholders to help stimulate sustainable growth for the County.

As Commissioner, Williams said she will be a voice for the community, advocate for a fair and sensible taxing structure for the County Fight to ensure that Cook County services and programs meet the needs of residents, and work to develop real economic growth through the procurement process, jobs, entrepreneurship, small business development, and career training.

Joshua Gray

Recruited by Arne Duncan to supervise over a million dollars in grant funding for youth summer programming, Joshua Gray will also throw his hat in the upcoming 2018 March Primary.

Gray is the former chairman of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC), former youth pastor and director of youth programming at St. Sabina under Father Michael L. Pfleger and has 10 years of education experience, serving as a teacher, dean, and assistant principal in Chicago schools.

Gray, whose office is located in Hyde Park, launched the Southeast Legal Clinic, to help provide free volunteer legal service on the Southeast Side of Chicago.

Gray’s strategy is to create a “Community Take Back Plan,” which consist of addressing three components and issues such as Crime Prevention, Fair Taxation, and Services

Gray is also a former community organizer who served in the 5th, 6th, and 7th ward. Gray is also a South Shore resident, who is married and father of four.

County Commissioners are elected officials who oversee county activities and work to ensure that citizen concerns are met, federal and state requirements are fulfilled, and county operations run smoothly.

j.phillips@hpherald.com