Who am I?

Robert McKay was born on October 16, 1948 in Springfield, Ms,. Spending his formative years in Chicago, Robert always knew he wanted to be of service to his fellow man. He later earned his diploma from Dunbar High School in Chicago. He then went on to receive his degree from Malcolm X community college. Robert also attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he received a Bachelors of Science degree.

Robert also served in the Vietnam war under U.S. Coast Guard from 1967 to 1971. Robert is a retired firefighter of 32 years and is a certified emergency medical technician. Robert is also the great nephew of Robert Sengstacke Abbott, founder of the defender Newspaper

PROFESSIONAL:

Robert served as Safety Director and Fire Marshall at Provident Hospital for 13 years. Robert is a former member of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). Currently, Robert is the treasurer for the Task Force for Black Political Empowerment. While serving with the NAACP, Robert was the chairperson for the political action committee and registered 100′s of voters in Cook County.

Robert has fought diligently against racial Gerrymandering by drawing district maps for the City of Chicago and the Cook County board. Robert tirelessly fought against the down-sizing of Provident Hospital and the closing of Oak Forest Hospital. Robert also challenged the closing of the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic. Robert is the only independent Democrat running for the Cook County Commissioner’s seat in the 4th District. Robert McKay is unbought and unbossed.

Why am I running?

TRAUMA CENTER

As commissioner, Robert will work to bring a trauma center to Provident Hospital so that residents of south Cook County will have quicker access to a trauma center when (the/an) emergency occurs.

DEPOPULATION OF COOK COUNTY JAIL

Robert is opposed to the overcrowding of Cook County jail. Cook County jail has turned into a poor house, where individuals charged with crimes, but unable to pay bail, are being confined while most of them are nonviolent offenders. 88% of them have been given bail by the Cook County courts and judges. When Robert is elected, he will work everyday to bring justice and fairness to the Cook County criminal justice system.

ENVIRONMENT

The 4th district of Cook County has one of the most hazardous waste sites in Cook County. The Petcoke waste deposit is on the southeast side in the 10th ward. Robert’s position on Petcoke is that it needs to be removed from the district.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

As Cook County Commissioner, Robert will fight for the rights of small businesses, minority owned and disabled businesses, as well as workers to be involved in all aspects of the county’s economic devlopment plans.

VOTING RIGHTS

Robert will vigorously work to insure that the “Voting Rights” of all Cook County residents are guaranteed and protected.

My Goals

TRAUMA CENTER

As commissioner, Robert will work to bring a trauma center to Provident Hospital so that residents of south Cook County will have quicker access to a trauma center when (the/an) emergency occurs.

DEPOPULATION OF COOK COUNTY JAIL

Robert is opposed to the overcrowding of Cook County jail. Cook County jail has turned into a poor house, where individuals charged with crimes, but unable to pay bail, are being confined while most of them are nonviolent offenders. 88% of them have been given bail by the Cook County courts and judges. When Robert is elected, he will work everyday to bring justice and fairness to the Cook County criminal justice system.

ENVIRONMENT

The 4th district of Cook County has one of the most hazardous waste sites in Cook County. The Petcoke waste deposit is on the southeast side in the 10th ward. Robert’s position on Petcoke is that it needs to be removed from the district.

My DFA Values

Mr. McKay a member for of the Chicago Southside DFA has been in endorsed by both the South Side and the North Side DFA in Chicago.

He has completed candidate training by DFA ran by the national in Chicago and has been an active member of his local organization.

My Campaign is People Powered!

Our campaign is people run. We have volunteers to cover the polls on election day and we have a media campaign in community publication, social media and commercial and internet web radio. As well as public access on cable. We have community meetings throughout the district and work to attend many other community meetings.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • Brian McRae


About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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