Mayor Vernard Alsberry of Hazelcrest announces his run for Cook County Commissioner district 5 throws shade at Commissioner Deborah Sims (Hazelcrest, Illinois) – Mayor Vernard Alsberry of Hazelcrest announces his candidacy for Cook County Commissioner district 5 despite the fact that retiring Commissioner Deborah Sims wants a woman to replace her. Alsberry seemed to throw shade at Deborah Sims during his announcement speech and did not seem empathetic to Sims’ call for a woman to run for the seat. Of 17 sitting Cook County Board Commissioners, there are only 3 women currently sitting on the Cook County Board.
“It is the first time in 28 years that the residents and the citizens of the 5th district will be able to elect a new Cook County Commissioner.” “28 years!” Alsberry exclaimed with zeal. “We’ve been stagnant for too long.” Alsberry mentioned that “Some are saying that we need a female to be in this spot. But we need the best person to be in this spot. We need a partnership (sic) to be in this spot. The days of dividing us on race, ethnicity and sex is over.”
In attendance supporting Alsberry was Mayor Roger Agpawa who was recently allowed to take office after controversy over his federal felony conviction; Mayor Tiffany Henyard of Dolton who has been under fire for allegedly illegally arresting protesters who were in support of young Alexis Williams who was killed by Dolton police; and Mayor James Ford of Country Club Hills who recently came under fire for removing a member of the press from an open meeting and violating the open meetings act.
Alsberry did not say whether he will give up his seat as Mayor.
The primary election for Cook County Board district 5 will be on June 28th 2022.
Mayor Vernard Alsberry of Hazelcrest announces his run for Cook County Commissioner district 5