Statement from Carmen Navarro Gercone regarding the Democratic Endorsement Session (Chicago, IL) – “This afternoon, the Democratic Party endorsed their official candidates, and as expected, I was not selected.”
“I entered this race to create safer communities for the citizens of Cook County, so the party politics will not deter my campaign for Sheriff. As reported by Rick Pearson in the Chicago Tribune, Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, who leads the Cook County Democratic Party, stated about her support for the current Sheriff, Tom Dart:
Row in the Same Direction
“If you’re on a boat, you want everyone rowing in the same direction. We’re going to support people and expect them to row in the same direction.”
Well, I am proud to be offering voters a much different direction than the one their boat is headed towards. I am a lifelong member of the Democratic Party, and I believe we are at our best when we are listening and advocating for those in need. When I was starting my career as a single mother, I could not have succeeded without the assistance and childcare options that the party had fought for years to provide.
Now, victims of Cook County deserve an advocate. Over the past two years, violent crime has skyrocketed and there has been a complete absence of leadership by the current Sheriff. Thankfully, the voters will decide on June 28th, 2022. I am confident that they will choose a new direction and that I will be the next Sheriff of Cook County.”
Carmen Navarro Gercone is a management and public safety expert with 26 years of service in local government. Throughout her career in public service, she has been committed to working collaboratively, open communication, and compassion for others.
Carmen began her career in law enforcement in 1994, when she was sworn-in as a Deputy Sheriff for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. During her tenure at the Sheriff’s Office, she was promoted through the ranks to become the 1st Assistant Executive Director for Court Services. She led a vast department of approximately 1,100 sworn and 200 civilian employees with around-the-clock operations, including the service of orders of protections, evictions, and the security of the courthouses throughout Cook County.
Statement from Carmen Navarro Gercone regarding the Democratic Endorsement Session