Four candidates now have taken out petitions seeking to replace retiring Mayor Lorraine Morton next year.

The newest contender to enter the race is Barnaby Dinges of 2504 Thayer St.

He joins local activist and planning consultant Jeanne Lindwall of 625 Library Place, Plan Commission Vice-Chair Stuart Opdycke and Alderman Elizabeth Tisdahl, 7th Ward, in the contest.

If all four candidates gather enough petition signatures to win a place on the ballot, City Clerk Rodney Greene says state law will require that the city hold a primary election for mayor in February to narrow the field to two candidates for the April balloting.

Dinges, a marketing consultant and educator, has posted a statement summarizing his views on several local issues on his blog.

In other city-wide contests, Township Supervisor Patricia Vance and Township Assessor Sharon Eckersall have both taken out petitions seeking to run for re-election.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. City manager form of government
    You have to wonder if the potential Mayoral candidates understand the system of government in Evanston. Dinges’ blog talks a lot about policy – is he aware that the Mayor doesn’t get to vote at City Council meetings? (see Brummel Park Neighbors and Michele Hays

    1. Re-defining the role of mayor
      While the Mayor may seldom vote at council meetings, he will have a tremendous platform to push for focus on important issues and challenges facing Evanston. Don’t be guided by the past; it’s about the future. My background is in media relations, issue advocacy, coalition building, and getting things done. I’m well on my way to getting — in nine short days — the necessary signatures to get on the ballot. The voters are very responsive to my grassroots message that together we can make Evanston the community we know it can be.

        1. That’s what the campaign is for
          I’m known to many people in Evanston. I’ve lived here for 12 years, raised a family here, own a small business, have expertise on key issues. I look forward to talking face-to-face with thousands of Evanston residents over the coming months.

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