Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi defeats Kari Steele in Democratic primary

Illinois Primary Election 2022 voting booths
Voters cast their ballots on Primary Day at the No. 571 Boathouse on June 28, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo credit Jim Vondruska/Getty Images

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Democratic nominee for Cook County Assessor will be the incumbent Fritz Kaegi, after he defeated Kari Steele in Tuesday’s primary election.

It was a costly race, with campaign finance limits tossed out and the interests of commercial building owners, as well as organized labor, pitted against the Cook County Democratic Party.

The party endorsed Kaegi, while the Chicago Federation of Labor endorsed Steele.

The assessor’s race was the most expensive among the Cook County races. Kaegi lent his campaign $2 million. Steele raised $1 million from organized labor.

Kaegi has overseen a shifting of more property tax burden from homeowners to commercial property owners.

Steele’s message that Kaegi has mismanaged the office and created chaos, though, didn’t appear to resonate with voters.

In the end Kaegi received 53 percent of the vote, and with it the Democratic nomination.

Kaegi faces Libertarian candidate Nico Tsatsoulis in November.

There was no Republican in the primary.

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