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Four aldermen face election challengers

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Voters in just four Evanston wards will have a choice for alderman in April. Two more challengers filed petitions by Wednesday's deadline, doubling the number of contested races.

 In the 1st Ward, Edward Tivador of 807 Davis St. will challenge incumbent Judy Fiske.

Tivador bought his condo at Sherman Plaza in 2007 and was appointed last year to the Citizens Police Advisory Committee. He is school superintendent in Northbrook Glenview District 30.

Fiske, the owner of a pet supply store, will be seeking her second term on the council

In the 2nd Ward, James C. Dyer, of 1620 Pitner Ave., will challenge incumbent Peter Braithwaite.

Dyer, a  home improvement contractor, spoke against a landlord licensing ordinance at a City Council meeting this fall.

Braithwaite will be seeking his first full term on the council after being appointed to fill a vacancy.

The two contested races that developed earlier are in the 6th and 8th wards.

Mark Sloane, a certified public accountant and president of the Central Street Neighbors Association, is running against Mark Tendam for the 6th Ward aldermanic post after losing to Tendam by a narrow margin in a three-way race in 2009.

And Thomas K. Just, of 327 Sherman Ave., a broker with The Apartment People rental agency, is challenging long-time incumbent Ann Rainey to become 8th Ward alderman.

The rest of the city's incumbent aldermen, along with Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Clerk Rodney Greene, will be running unopposed.

That's a sharp change from four years ago when five incumbents chose to retire from office — leading to a number of aldermanic races with three candidates and a four-way race for mayor.

Township races

This year former township assessor Sharon Eckersall was the only candidate fo file for that part-time job, after Bonnie Wilson, who defeated Eckersall by a 72 to 28 percent margin in 2009, decided not to seek a second term.

Two candidates filed earlier to run for the part-time job of township supervisor. They are Keith Banks, of 2125 Washington St., the executive director of the Evanston Community Development Association, and Gary Gaspard, of 415 Howard St., an adolescent treatment counselor at Youth Outreach Services.

School elections

In District 65, the Wednesday addition of Sunith Kartha of 1309 Leonard Place makes it five candidates running for four board seats. Only one incumbent, Tracy Quattrocki, is seeking re-election. Also on the ballot will be newcomers Candance Chow of 2614 Thayer St., Claudia Garrison of 1430 Crain St. and Peter Kaplan of 2200 Bennett Ave.

Kartha is an attorney, Chow runs her own consulting business, Kaplan, is a senior manager with Deloitte & Touche and member of Evanston's Community Emergency Response Team and Garrison is a retired teacher who taught at Haven Middle School.

In District 202, eight candidates had already filed for four positions and no new ones showed up Wednesday.

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