Today, candidate for Cook County Assessor Andrea Ralia held a press conference outside of the Cook County administration building surrounded with over twenty women supporters to denounce what she called machine tactics by her opponent,Fritz Kaegi, to prevent her from getting on the March 20 ballot.
Raila said at the press conference, "Fritz Kaegi is attempting to silence women by keeping me off the ballot. The tactics he has used are machine tactics for a so-called progressive, which amounts to harassment. Kaegi does not want to have a contest instead he wants to buy the election. I have been the only woman that has run for Assessor ever. Shame on Fritz Kaegi."
Raila said she has for more than three decades been an ardent advocate for taxpayers' rightsthe first advocate hired to work in Harold Washington's Tax Payer Advocates' Office. A former property tax case reviewer at the Cook County Board of Tax ( Appeal ) Review, she was the founder and owner-operator of the tax appeal consulting and public policy firm, Andrea A. Raila & Associates, Inc., and former recipient of the Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics in Chicago and Northern Illinois.
"Fritz Kaegi set the women's movement many steps backward by attempting to prevent a woman from being on the ballot. As a woman, I am enraged by his actions towards another woman, especially in this climate where women's voices need to be lifted and where women from all over the country are calling for respect. Kaegi is attempting to bully and silence a woman," said Lisa Fontana, author of Me The People.