ORLAND PARK, IL — Former Cook County Commissioner for the 17th District, Elizabeth Doody-Gorman, announced Monday that she will be running against Sean Morrison for her old seat.
According to Gorman, who currently serves on the Republican committee for Orland Township, she hopes to win back the seat to focus on senior citizens’ rights and “expanding the GOP base.”
Gorman represented the 17th District from 2002 to 2015, when she resigned to serve as Director of State and Local Government for PricewaterhouseCoopers. After joining the accounting firm, Gorman was appointed by the then governor. Bruce Rauner appointed executive director of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.
Gorman currently works in both the private and public sectors as managing director for energy services company NORESCO and as a board member for the Regional Transportation Authority.
“I’m a proud Republican, a smart Republican, and someone who knows that by getting more voters … and accepting sensible, smart candidates for office, we can strengthen the Republican Party,” Gorman said in a press release.
In the June 28 primary, Gorman will run against Morrison, whom she endorsed for the seat in 2015. Since then, Gorman told reporters she felt Morrison aligned himself with Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau in feeding residents’ anger.
The 17th Ward includes Orland Park, Tinley Park, Orland Hills, Lemont, Palos Heights, Palos Park, Palos Hills, Hickory Hills, Willow Springs, Countryside, La Grange, Westchester, Elmhurst, Bensenville, Elk Grove Village, Park Ridge and Des plaines .
Gorman told Patch Monday that she would officially announce her campaign in February.
In late December, Gorman’s father, Lawrence Doody, died at the age of 81. According to his obituary, the man was known to be the official electrician for the Beverly borough of Chicago, where Gorman is from.