RACE: Cook County Board of Commissioners

About the Candidate

Name: Scott R. Britton
DOB: 1960
Occupation: Lawyer
Political Experience: District 34 School Board, Village of Glenview Trustee, Cook County Commissioner
Website: www.scottrbritton.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/commissionerscottbritton

Candidate Statement

Hi, my name is Scott Britton and I am running for re-election to the Cook County Board in the 14th District as a Democrat. I humbly ask for your vote on November 8th so I can continue my work lowering costs for ordinary families, expanding affordable health care access across Cook County, and protecting our most fundamental rights.

This past year, I was diagnosed with throat cancer. I am enormously fortunate to have made a full recovery because I had great health care; along with the support of my family, friends and colleagues; and a job that allowed me the time to focus on recovery.

Many of our neighbors are not so fortunate, and that is what informs the work I do every day in office to level the playing field and to make our county more fair, equitable and just.

In my first term, I passed a Residential Tenant Landlord Ordinance which, for the first time, provided rules so families in suburban Cook County couldn’t be evicted unfairly by landlords more interested in profits than people. I also passed legislation to expand voter opportunities, protect those affected by domestic violence and support our first responders.

Our fundamental rights are under attack by extremists across this nation. I will stand strongly against anyone who tries to take away a woman’s right to abortion, our rights to vote in free and fair elections, or our community’s right to be safe from the scourge of assault weapons.

On November 8th, I would be honored if you were to vote for me so I can continue this fight for you. And to build a better Cook County, together.

Candidate Q&A

Why are you running?

I want to continue to provide effective, competent leadership on the County Board. I have done this in a bipartisan manner passing significant legislation to eliminate the sale of tobacco products to minors, expand tenants' rights in suburban Cook, expand voting opportunities, and provide a new policing model to protect our officers and the public. While much attention is given to the extremes in our political system, I believe there is still a role for moderate progressive leadership in Cook County government and I look forward to serving in new leadership roles in my work for the residents of the 14th district and all Cook County. 

What does this office do well, and what needs fixing?

My office is extremely responsive to constituent needs and in reaching out to our local disabilities to assist them in multiple issues that may arise in their communities. The board itself has also been very good at managing its budget over the last four years not requiring any tax increases. We do need to do a better job of balancing the needs of the City of Chicago and the suburbs to make sure that there is a fair return on investment on tax dollars to all parts of Cook County.

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

Small and medium-size businesses in my district are having a very difficult time maintaining current business operations, let alone expanding their activities due to a shortage of workers. I have actively been meeting with our business owners to emphasize the cooperative nature of our resources in the county to assist them in finding the workers needed to successfully run their operations. This includes grants for business expansion, tax incentives and transportation options to further expand the pool of workers that can be effectively employed in the 14th district. Making our local businesses successful while employing additional individuals in good paying jobs solves many of our societal issues and will remain a priority for my continued service on the county board. 

What specific steps would you take to ensure your office is accessible and responsive to your constituents?

We will continue to provide efficient and timely responses to inquiries received in our office through a dedication to serving the public and our fellow elected officials. This includes additional outreach, town halls, and individual meetings with local municipal leaders. During my time as Commissioner, I've met with all of my mayors and city managers on multiple occasions to listen to their needs and respond where I can. This dedication to service will continue if I'm fortunate enough to be reelected.