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Incumbent 1st Ward Alderman Judy Fiske carried three of the ward’s four precincts Tuesday in winning re-election over challenger Ed Tivador.

Precinct-level vote results released today by the Cook County Clerk’s office show that TIvador carried the 1st Precinct with 63 percent of the vote. But that precinct, shown in blue on the map below, had the lowest voter turnout in the ward, just over 6 percent.

The 1st Precinct is dominated by dormitories housing Northwestern University students who traditionally have had very low voter turnout in local elections.

Tivador failed to carry his home precinct, the 2nd (shown in orange on the map), where he lives in the Sherman Plaza condo development. Fiske got 54 percent of the vote there, and turnout was just over 26 percent.

Fiske had her strongest showing in her home precinct,  the 3rd (shown in green on the map), where she lives at 2319 Sherman Ave. She got 62 percent of the vote there. That precinct also had the highest turnout in the ward at nearly 37 percent. Her opposition to various university expansion projects and in favor of historic preservation have won her fans among her immediate neighbors.

And Fiske also carried the lakefront 4th Precinct (shown in yellow on the map), where she drew 55 percent of the vote. Turnout there was just under 35 percent. Fiske has recently championed failed efforts by residents there to block a new university visitor’s center and a lakefront bed and breakfast establishment

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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