Frank L. McPartlin: 2022 candidate for Cook County Board District 9
Previous offices held: None
Q: Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election for the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you? If so, what?
A: Cook county governments purpose is to take care of the public safety and public health of the people it
serves. I believe that Cook County Government gets an F on both. Plus since I've left cook county the budget went from 1.2 billion to $9 billion someone has to step in and stop the excessive spending and taxing of its citizens.
Q: Cook County was alone in the six-county Chicago area to require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter restaurants, bars and other establishments earlier this year. Did you agree with that decision, and would you support re-imposing that requirement should the region face another surge in infections?
A: I have no problem with the proof of vaccination for restaurants bars and other gatherings I believe it would keep the staff and the other people in the establishment safe.
Q: Did the county do enough to support businesses negatively impacted by the pandemic. If yes, please name one specific program you supported that did that. If no, please name one specific action the county could have taken to help.
A: No I believe the county did not do enough to help the businesses and the citizens of cook county during the pandemic.
Q: There's been a concerted effort within the county's criminal justice system to incarcerate fewer pre-trial defendants in the county jail. Some, particularly in the suburbs, blame this for a rise in crime. Do you support these policies? If not, what would you suggest instead?
A: I do not support these policies.
Q: In July 2020, the county board passed a resolution that called for, in part, the county to "redirect funds from policing and incarceration to public services not administered by law enforcement." Did or do you support this measure and the philosophy behind it? Why or why not?
A: I do not support this policy defunding police is not the answer.
Q: Some elected officials have proposed a "gas-tax holiday" to ease the burden of rising gasoline prices on county residents. Would you support such a proposal for Cook County? Why or why not?
A: I would support a tax holiday on gasoline until the prices come down.