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..