Daniel Biss and Lori Keenan.

Eighteen people submitted nominating papers to run for Evanston city offices next spring in the first hour for filing this morning.

Two — former State Sen. Daniel Biss and public relations firm owner Lori Keenan — are seeking to run for mayor.

Two — former Alderman Jane Grover and political activist Stephanie Mendoza — want to become the next city clerk.

The only three-way race so far is for 4th Ward alderman. There incumbent Don Wilson is being challenged by Jonathan Nieuwsma and Diane Goldring.

In the 1st Ward, incumbent Judy Fiske faces a challenge from Clare Kelly.

In the 2nd Ward, incumbent Peter Braithwaite is being challenged by Darlene Cannon.

In the 7th Ward, incumbent Eleanor Revelle faces a challenge from Mary Rosinski.

In the 8th Ward, incumbent Ann Rainey is being challenged by Matthew Mitchell.

In the 3rd Ward, incumbent Melissa Wynne filed her nominating papers this morning but so far has not drawn any competition.

In the 5th Ward, Carolyn Murray, who finished second in the aldermanic race four years ago, has filed to run again. Alderman Robin Rue Simmons has announced she won’t seek a second term and has endorsed Bobby Burns to succeed her. Burns did not file petitions this morning.

In the 6th Ward, Katherine Trippi has filed to run for alderman.

In the 9th Ward nobody filed this morning, but incumbent Cicely Fleming has said she plans to run for reelection.

Would-be candidates have until 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23 to turn in their nominating petitions.

Update 11/17/20: Bobby Burns filed his papers to run for 5th Ward alderman early this afternoon.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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