Matthew Mitchell, 43, is an attorney and Ridgeville Park District board member who’s running to represent Evanston’s 8th Ward on the City Council.
Mitchell and other 8th Ward candidates were interviewed about their views on key issues by Evanston Now’s Jeff Hirsh.
Mitchell 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.
I was born and raised in Evanston. I live in South Evanston with my wife, Justine and our two young sons who attend Oakton Elementary school. I am an attorney with a background in municipal law, criminal law and alternative dispute resolution. I have the toolset to be the best advocate for the 8th Ward on Evanston’s City Council.
I think that the four most important issues that need to be addressed by Evanston’s City Council are: 1. Police reform; 2. Good governance; 3. Northwestern paying its fair share; 4. Sustainability. I would like to see Evanston be a national leader on each of these issues. To get this done I would like to be part of a consensus building process that harnesses the work of: City government, stakeholders and community members to institute new ideas and best practices.