Peter Braithwaite.

Incumbent 2nd Ward Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 50, is seeking his third full term on the Evanston City Council.

He was initially appointed alderman by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl in 2011, following the resignation of Lionel Jean-Baptiste. He ran unopposed in 2013 and 2017.

Braithwaite and the other candidate for 2nd Ward alderman, Darlene Cannon, were interviewed about their views on major issues by Evanston Now’s Jeff Hirsh.

Braithwaite, who owns a home at 1425 Darrow Ave., also offered the following information on his background and what he views as the key issues in the campaign in response to an Evanston Now questionnaire.


For the past two terms, I have proudly served the most racially and economically diverse ward in our city. During that time, we focused on keeping our neighbors safe, we revitalized our business community and we expanded our housing opportunities. Join me as we continue on the journey to elevate our quality of living, working and raising our families here in Evanston.

Key issues

I will continue to prioritize these issues:

OUR FAMILIES: I will continue to work in partnership with local agencies and organizations who support our community, including our most vulnerable residents. I will maintain laser focus on the needs of our children, young adults and seniors.

NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY: I will continue to make violence prevention and safety in our 2nd Ward and citywide my top priority. I will work closely with our first responders to ensure needed services are delivered with equity.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: I will continue to work to attract businesses that will increase our commercial tax base and create quality jobs for our residents. I will advocate for policies that increase opportunities for our small business owners and entrepreneurs.

HOUSING ACCESSIBILITY: I will continue to advocate for more affordable housing opportunities for our residents. I will collaborate with housing advocates to find innovative ideas that will lead to better policies and increased housing equity.

Website and social media

Campaign website, Facebook campaign page, Twitter, Linkedin.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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