(WGN-AM)- Cook County Assessor James Houlihan said Tuesday he won't run for County Board president, a decision that trimmed down a large field of potential and announced candidates for the office now held by Todd Stroger.
Houlihan, 66, who was appointed as assessor in 1998 and has since won three elections, continues to weigh whether he will seek another term, said spokesman Eric Herman.
Cook County Board. As assessor, Jim has fought to make the assessment process more transparent and responsive to the taxpayers of Cook County. He is focused on continuing those reforms --- and on the 2009 reassessment of the city of Chicago."
Already announced as candidates in next year's Democratic primary are Stroger, Chicago Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th) and Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown.
Still mulling candidacies are U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Sheriff Tom Dart, County Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-Evanston) and Terrence O'Brien, board president of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.
(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)
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Cook County Assessor Announces He Won't Run for County Board President
Houlihan Has Won 3 Elections Since 1998
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