Anna Valencia, the current City of Chicago clerk and candidate for Illinois secretary of state, faces criticism over hundreds of official emails to or about her husband from his city account. funded by taxpayers.
The question, first raised by opponent Alexi Giannoulias’ campaign, concerns nearly 700 emails sent to or about her husband Reyahd Kazmi, who became a lobbyist for Monterrey Security in the fall of 2017.
Monterrey, who started with Santiago Solis, the brother of the old Ald. Danny Solis, has received millions of dollars in municipal contracts over the years at Soldier Field, major COVID-19 vaccination facilities and assisted police during the 2020 civil unrest.
Shortly after Valencia’s husband, Kazmi, started his contract with Monterrey, Valencia reached out to the company’s CEO for help in finding new sports partners for its CityKey program which replaced the old card. municipal identity.
In January 2019, she thanked the CEO for the introductions, and three months later in April, she forwarded the Chicago Fire’s term sheet to her husband once the football club was interested.
That same month, Valencia asked its own director of intergovernmental and community affairs, “when are you sitting with” Reyahd.
There is also an email in April 2019 regarding a meeting with the mayor’s staff over the census that Valencia ‘might be a little late’ as they had a meeting with Reyahd just before.
The Valencia campaign likened the email issue to a campaign strategy former President Trump used against Hillary Clinton in 2016.
“She (Clinton) also cut corners. It bit her in the back,” said Harold Krent, the dean of Kent College of Law. “It’s just really good practice to separate government-provided email from private.”
In March 2021, Valencia also sent an official email nominating her husband for an award from Chicago United’s Business Leaders of Color program and asked why she hadn’t received confirmation of his nomination.
“The best thing is for any government official to separate government business and private business,” Krent added. husband.”
The Valencia campaign denounced what it called “a sexist implication that Valencia’s husband dictates his decisions”.
His campaign released a new digital ad that says it was Giannoulias who urged voters to support Donald Trump’s presidency after he was elected.
The Giannoulias campaign hit back, saying the announcement was ‘Valencia’s attempt to change the subject’. Giannnoulias also called on Valencia to publish all emails.