Steve Hagerty.

Steve Hagerty this afternoon announced that he will not seek a second term as Evanston’s mayor.

In a statement issued this afternoon Hagerty said, “While holding elected office is always demanding, and even exasperating at times, the opportunity to serve others is deeply rewarding.”

“I have been honored to serve as your mayor and look forward to doing everything I can to see us through the pandemic and support the efforts of our new mayor and council starting in May 2021,” Hagerty said. “But I think it is time to take a break and allow for another to take the role of mayor and help us continue to move forward.”

Former state senator and former gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss has announced that he is running for the part-time job of mayor in next year’s election.

Biss, who finished second to J.B. Pritzker in the Democratic gubernatorial primary two years ago, was unopposed in his last race for the state senate in 2014.

Also running for mayor is Sebastian Nalls, a Purdue University student majoring in accounting and political science.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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