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Scott Britton: Cook County Board Candidate – 14th District

Cook County Commissioner Scott Britton (D-14th) of Glenview

(Ed. Note: The Journal & Topics is asking candidates for local election in the November 8, 2022 General to provide biographical and background information on who they are and why they’re running. Democrat Scott Britton is running for reelection to the Cook County Board’s 14th District seat against Republican Benton Howser.)

Age: 61

Education: BA Millikin University JD University of Illinois

Job/professional background: Lawyer with Ford Britton PC

Elected office currently or previously held, and/or any other service as a volunteer, or in community, education, etc. settings: Cook County commissioner, Village of Glenview trustee, District 34 School Board, Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach, former board member Youth Services Glenview/Northbrook and North Suburban United Way.

How long have you lived in the district you wish to represent?: Since 1999.

Do you have any conflicts of interest, which could arise from holding this office? If so, how would you address those?: No.

Do you have any financial or business interests within the boundaries of the district you seek to represent, or who may work in the district you seek to represent?: No.

Do you have any criminal convictions (other than a minor traffic violation)? Please explain the circumstances: No.

Who are personal heroes to you, or who has provided significant guidance, insight, or acted as an example for how to live your life? How and why?: My personal heroes include Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt. They all dealt with significant adversity while at the same time maintaining an incredibly strong personal ethic and working actively for the benefit of our common humanity.

What is something about yourself that might surprise people?: While this may not be overly surprising considering recent news reports, I am an amateur vexillologist and have been a student of flags since childhood.

Why should someone vote for you?: I have provided effective, competent leadership during my time 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 service to the 14th district and all residents of Cook County.

Why are you running for this office?: My campaign slogan four years ago was Building a Better Cook County Together. While I have accomplished much in my first term, much remains much to be done. It has been my goal to ensure the County is more fair, equitable and just than when I took office and I’ve lived those words in my government service. We must have reasonable moderate leadership not beholden to extreme political ideologies on the County Board and I plan to continue my reasoned and balanced leadership are particularly giving voice to those without lawyers and lobbyists.

What experience do you have, which prepares you to hold this office?: I am now entering my 23rd year of public service as an elected official. I have learned to craft legislation, reach compromise with my colleagues and accomplish significant results for my constituents. Additionally, I often bring my legal knowledge as an attorney to issues presented to the board as they relate to numerous litigation matters currently pending before our committees. Furthermore, I was a small business owner myself I have a unique understanding of the challenges of running a business, keeping people employed, and expanding economic opportunities for our citizens.

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