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5th candidate enters mayoral race

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Jeff Smith, a leader of the Central Street Neighbors Association, says he's joining the race to become Evanston's next mayor.

He becomes the fifth candidate in next April's election seeking to replace Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, who's not seeking a third term in office.

Speaking at a candidate forum at the Reba Place Church, 620 Madison St., Wednesday night he chided one of his opponents, 9th Ward Alderman Brian Miller, who created confusion for other candidates in the race by insisting that the proper filing period was in November.

"I believe in the correct filing period, Dec. 12 to 19," Smith said, adding that he's lived in Evanston longer than Miller's been alive.

Smith, an attorney, finished fourth in a five-way Democratic primary race in 2010 to replace Judy Hamos the 18th District state representative representing Evanston.

He served as general counsel for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in the waning days of the Quinn administration.

Smith said the nation is divided into "left,right, and the left out, and that last group is the biggest in this country." And he said he wants to advocate on behalf of those who've been left out.

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