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All four announced candidates for next year’s Evanston mayoral race have filed their petitions with the city clerk’s office.

Clerk Rodney Greene says that by Monday afternoon he had received petitions from former township supervisor Gary Gaspard, businessman Steve Hagerty,  and aldermen Brian Miller and Mark Tendam.

In other election news, Mark Sloane, who had been planning his third run for 6th Ward alderman, announced today that he’s dropping out of the race.

Sloane, in an email message, said he no longer has the time to run because of personal and professional commitments.

With Tendam’s entry into the mayor’s race creating a vacancy in the 6th Ward aldermanic position, Sloane urged others who may be considering running for the aldermanic slot to obtain the necessary signatures and begin their campaign.

“Having choices is critical to our democracy,” Sloane said.

Two other candidates are  seeking the job of 6th Ward alderman — Virginia Mann, the owner of a public relations firm, who’s been a Tendam supporter and an activist in efforts to preserve the city’s elm trees, and Tom Suffredin, an attorney and lobbyist and son of County Commissioner Larry Suffredin.

Candidates have until Dec. 19 to file petitions to get on the April 4 ballot.

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Fourth candidate enters mayoral race (10/15/16)

Three planning runs for mayor (9/20/16)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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