Democratic Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool, in a press release today, said the campaign will file 90,000 signatures to appear on the November general election ballot as an independent running for Cook County Assessor. Claypool’s campaign manager, Thomas Bowen, said the campaign will file the petitions this afternoon at the Board of Elections.
The 90,000 signatures represent the work of 912 volunteer circulators, according to the campaign. Claypool is required to file 25,000 valid signatures to appear on the ballot. The campaign of Democratic opponent Joe Berrios is expected to challenge the filing.
Berrios, a Cook County Commissioner on the Board of Review and Chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party, won a three-way race in the February primary with more than 39 percent of the vote.
Republican opponent Sharon Strobeck-Eckersall and Green Party candidate Robert C Grota will also oppose Claypool and Berrios. Claypool is a resident of the Graceland West neighborhood. He represents the Ravenswood community as Cook County Commissioner.