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Among the three challengers seeking to unseat incumbent Evanston aldermen, only Ed Tivador in the 1st Ward came anywhere close.

Tivador, who came within 6 percentage points of defeating first-term alderman Judy Fiske, drew a sizable crowd to his post-election party at World of Beer downtown.

The group included a range of locals who’ve tangled by times with the incumbent —  from Mather Lifeways CEO Mary Leary and World of Beer owner Ted Mavrakis to Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, and former 1st Ward alderman Cheryl Wollin.

But at the end of the evening Tivador had to concede defeat, although he described the campaign as “the most amazing learning experience I’ve ever had.”

To much applause he said, “I ain’t going anywhere, we’re coming back.”

But in an interview moments later the superintendent of Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 said that didn’t mean he necessarily would run for alderman again, just that he wanted “to continue a life of service.”

He said the complex mix of interests in the ward made it “almost a math game” to try to figure out how to put together a winning coalition.

Fiske, at a party at Dave’s Italian Kitchen, told supporters she planned to continue to be an independent voice on the City Council — a role that’s frequently left her on the losing side of divided council votes.

In the 6th Ward, challenger Mark Slone, in a rematch with Mark Tendam, drew just a third of the vote, and in the 5th Ward, write-in challenger Carlis Sutton drew at most a quarter of the ballots cast with two-term incumbent Delores Holmes taking the rest.

Top: Ed Tivador flanked by family members and his campaign chairman, Kent Swanson, concedes defeat..

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Tivador campaign

    The Tivador campaign's accusations that Alderman Fiske opposed good lighting, public safety, and business expansion in the downtown were so extraodinarily inaccurate that many citizens immediatedly distrusted Mr. Tivador (or in some cases burst out laughing when they read the Tivador campaign materials). Candidates should keep in mind that the educational level and awareness of public issues are very high in this ward. Therefore, an honest, straightforward campaign is the best route to winning an election. 

    1. Hilarious!

      "Therefore, an honest, straightforward campaign is the best route to winning an election."

      Funny – we wish this would have applied to the Obama re-election campaign…

       

       

  2. He faced headwinds

    Tivador's faced a major headwind due to a hotel/restaurant owner who lives in the 1st Ward with a very obvious personal agenda to "feather his own bed", who mounted an aggressive, distasteful and pushy campaign in his neighborhood in an attempt to pressure/sway voter opinions.  This individual has even been known to sit near the polling station, and ring doorbells in the afternoon of neighbors who have not voted. Not sure if that is an illegal activity, but it surely reflects at a minimum an ethical and moral misstep.

    1. Encouraging turnout

      "This individual has even been known to sit near the polling station, and ring doorbells in the afternoon of neighbors who have not voted. Not sure if that is an illegal activity,"

      Sitting near a polling station is of course perfectly legal.  There is a minimum distance in which no electioneering is permitted…

      Ringing doorbells?   Yes, absolutely permitted.  No question about that…whether its politicians or Jehovah's Witnesses, they can knock or ring.  The City could put some reasonable limitations on the time (no knocking on doors at 3am!), but 'afternoon' seems fine.

      What is ethical or immoral about contacting voters who haven't voted? Every good candidate has a 'get out the vote'  drive.

    2. He used David Futransky’s tactics

      Sounds like the hotel/restaurant owner is friends with David Futransky.

      "Mount an aggressive, distasteful campaign"

      Both reflect "at a minimum an ethical and moral misstep"

      Big difference, Mr. Futransky is a public employee at ETHS.

      How unfortunate in both cases.

      Win at all cost approach.

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