Conservative Bellar challenges Gorman for Cook County Board’s 17th District

Burr Ridge resident Barbara Bellar, a physician, former army major and attorney, said she is running for the 17th Cook County Board District to be of service and offer voters a better choice.

Her campaign material claims incumbent Elizabeth Doody Gorman shouldn’t be trusted with public funds because of her family’s financial difficulties and bankruptcy.

“Our dealership fell on hard times when Chrysler downsized, and we lost our business as a result of tough economic times,” Gorman responded.

Bellar pledges to reduce spending and waste in county government, and she intends to tackle how Stroger hospital is managed.

“I finished my master’s degree in public health, and as an attorney, I know how to read legal regulations, policies and procedures,” she said. “I’d also be taking a look at the Cook County Jail.”

Bellar also said perhaps some engineering work needs to be done to counter flooding from the Des Plaines River.

Although she is a resident of Lyons Township, Bellar said she was disappointed not to have been endorsed by the Republican organization, who chose Gorman instead at a recent meeting.

“Gorman has been around and she still has people in place who support her,” Bellar said.

Bellar ran unsuccessfully twice against Democrat Bill Cunningham for the state Senate’s 18th District 2012 and the 35th House District in 2010. She said she has learned to rely on voters’ opinions, rather than working to gain the support of other politicians.

Bellar said her opponent refused to debate her, but Gorman said the charge is untrue.

“I’m proud to receive endorsements from every township Republican organization, except for Elk Grove, which is five precincts and an industrial park,” Gorman said. “I’ve been endorsed by the Conservative Family Pact and the Cook County Farm Bureau.”

Gorman considers herself the most conservative Republican on the County Board and said her record proves it. She points to her leadership in rolling back the 1 percent sales tax pushed by former chairman Todd Stroger. She also led efforts to reduce the county’s vehicle transfer tax.

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