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About the Candidate

Name: Tammy Wendt
DOB: Aug. 29, 1970
Occupation: Attorney
Political Experience: None
Twitter: @TammyWendtBOR
Facebook: friendsoftammywendt

Candidate Statement

Do you think your property taxes are too high? Of course you do…

I'm Tammy Wendt and I am running for Commissioner of the Cook County Board of Review.

The Board of Review acts as an overseer for the assessor's office.  Their office determines your properties' value and ultimately determines your tax bill.

The Board of Review determines whether the assessor has overvalued your property when you file an appeal.

There needs to be a clear separation of power between these 2 offices to ensure that the system of checks and balances is working fairly and properly.

SOMETHING has to change… I am running for this position so together we can make that change.

We need to stop the exodus of good people leaving our county because of the tax problems.

I have been a practicing attorney for almost 20 years.  I was born and raised on the south side, grew up the daughter of a police officer in a blue-collar community.  I am a mom, a voter, a taxpayer, AND a HOMEOWNER.

We have run a grass roots campaign with my friends and family as my SOLE support system.

My heart is in this for all the right reasons, and that is to help my community.  If you elect me to this office I PROMISE you that I will do ALL that is within my power to ensure you are NOT paying more than your fair share of property taxes.

I am an experienced property tax attorney and a licensed realtor with the knowledge and know how suited for this office.

My opponents' tax experience is limited to working FOR the current assessor, and those close ties he has to Fritz Kaegi limit his ability to be objective in tax appeals.

Part of my vision for this office is to bring a NEW voice for the taxpayer to Cook County politics.

Again, I'm Tammy Wendt and I would appreciate your vote on March 17th in the democratic primary.

Lets start making a change for the better.

Thank you.

Candidate Q&A

Why are you running?

I am running because the Cook County Assessor is overvaluing property and issuing disproportionate assessed values to properties, resulting in unfair tax bills to property owners. I am an attorney of almost 20 years with property tax appeal experience, as well as real estate experience of over 26 years. I am also a licensed realtor and I can assure the voters that I know real estate and I am not a career politician looking to just get in where I can. I come from a blue-collar family and community and I see so many property owners suffering because of disproportionate tax bills. I want to make a difference and help as many property owners as I can. No other candidate can compare to the experience I can bring to the office.

What is your vision for this office?

I am running because I want to bring awareness to the office of the Board of Review. To educate taxpayers, to make the office run more efficiently, to ensure fair tax appeals for all property owners and tax attorneys working on their behalf ... no one should be paying more than their fair share of taxes.

What do you think is the most pressing issue facing your constituents and how do you plan on addressing it?

Assessed values are too high and disproportionate resulting in overinflated tax bills. I plan on addressing this by ensuring all appeals are proportionate (commercial is a big problem right now), and properly reviewing all assessed values that come before me on appeal to ensure they are not overvalued.