Jeff Smith, who finished fourth in Evanston’s mayoral primary, has endorsed Mark Tendam, the second-place primary finisher, in the April 4 runoff election.
Smith joins fifth place primary finisher Gary Gaspard in backing Tendam. Gaspard announced his endorsement late last week.
Smith, who lives in the 6th Ward, which Tendam has represented as alderman for the last eight years, cited that aldermanic experience as a reason for his endorsement.
He suggested that by contrast, the first-place finisher in the primary, Steve Hagerty, was “a rookie” in local politics who lacked experience in balancing the different perspectives of different segments of the community.
The third-place finisher in the mayoral primary, Brian Miller, hasn’t endorsed either of the mayoral candidates, at least based on what he’s posted to his Facebook page. He has said he favors Shawn Jones over Cicely Fleming in the race to succeed him as 9th Ward alderman.
In the mayoral primary, Hagerty got 44.4 percent of the vote, Tendam 22.5 percent, Miller 18.7 percent, Smith 12.8 percent and Gaspard 3.5 percent.