Kevin A. Ake: 2022 candidate for Cook County Board District 15

Posted5/28/2022 1:00 AM


Party: Republican


City: Elk Grove Village

Age: 62

Occupation: Certified Public Accountant

Previous offices held: None


Q: Why are you running for this office, whether for reelection or election for the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you? If so, what?

A: Would like the Taxpayers of the 15th District to be fairly represented.

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 reimposing that requirement should the region face another surge in infections?

A: No, Free society, if you wish to wear one, but don't force it on people who want to breath air.

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: Too much money being spent on a few individuals like the Governor. While the cost is being shared by all taxpayers.

Q: There's been a concerted effort within the county's criminal justice system to incarcerate fewer pretrial 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?

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A: We need a new sheriff and a new justice system. Killers are roaming free and small drug offenders are being kept in jail.

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: We need a new sheriff and a new justice system. Killers are roaming free and small drug offenders are being kept in jail.

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: Taxes are too high and the taxes aren't being used for their intended purposes. I favor lower taxes.

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