Cook County District 17 race too close to call

  • Rashid Abdelnasser, left, and Sean Morrison, right, are candidates for the Cook County Board District 17 seat

    Rashid Abdelnasser, left, and Sean Morrison, right, are candidates for the Cook County Board District 17 seat

 
 
Updated 11/6/2018 11:40 PM

In a Cook County Board race too close to call, fewer than 2,000 votes separate Republican incumbent Sean Morrison from his opponent, Democrat Abdelnasser Rashid, a 29-year-old political newcomer.

With 247 of 257 precincts reporting late Tuesday in the 17th district race, Morrison had 58,049 votes to Rashid's 56,237.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Morrison, 51, of Palos Park, was appointed to his post in 2015 after the retirement of longtime board member Liz Gorman. His campaign focused on tightening spending by the county and targeted cuts to reduce costs.

Rashid, a Harvard-educated former deputy chief of staff for retiring Cook County Clerk David Orr, campaigned largely on plans to change the property tax formula to reduce the burden on lower income residents.

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