Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl today suggested that once this April’s election is over, the city needs to clarify its election procedures.

The mayor, who voted with other Electoral Board members to reject challenges filed to candidate petitions in the mayor and city clerk races this year, said in a statement posted on the city website that “filing for elective office in Evanston has become far too complex.”

“Four years ago,” Tisdahl said, “I did not know if my petitions should be filled out on form A or form D. I consulted two election attorneys and received two different answers.  Our city attorney is not allowed to respond to candidate’s questions so when I asked him, he could not  respond.”

“Now the date of the election, whether to have or not to have a primary, filing deadlines and a host of other questions have been raised,” she added. “No one should have to be an attorney or hire an attorney in order to run for office in Evanston.”

The mayor, who is not running for re-election, said she hopes that after April’s voting the city attorney will work with the city clerk to resolve the issues raised by the petition challenges.

“Our election process needs to be clear, fair and as easy as possible,” Tisdahl said. “We should encourage people to run.  We can do much better and we will.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Reject Miller’s Dirty Tricks and Dark Money

    Thank you Mayor and Election Committee for rejecting Brian Miller’s dirty tricks and attempt to hijack the election.  We do not need Miller Time, and do not need a candidate who will do or say anything to win, just like Trump.  Why does Miller not report his dark money with the Illinois Board of Elections?  Why do Chicago money and mysterious groups in Virginia fund his campaign?  What is he hiding?

  2. And Jeff Smith
    Remember, Jeff Smith also tried to eliminate competition and get other candidates kicked off the ballot.
    Hopefully, voters will remember the “dirty tricks” both Miller and Smith tried to utilize in their efforts to become mayor.

    I will not vote for either Miller or Smith.

    Their actions aren’t necessary, aren’t appropriate, aren’t Evanston.

    1. I’d argue that what the mayor
      I’d argue that what the mayor is saying reinforces that Jeff Smith was correct about the need for clarity. If this election is allowed to carry forward with “fuzzy laws,” it sets a bad precedent.

  3. So were the rules followed or not?
    The City decided last week that all of the candidates filed properly when they agreed to put them on the ballot. But this makes it sound as if the rules aren’t being followed (or are too complex to be followed – a distinction without meaning)

    Let’s get someone who has even a vague understanding of how this whole process works.

    Also, if I’d applied for a mortgage or a driver’s licence as poorly as half the candidates applied to be Mayor, there’s no way I’d have been accepted.

    Let’s perhaps move “competence” to the top of the list of things we look for in a Mayor. That, and a legal background.

    1. Kudos to you

      Mr. Andrus, I am impressed that you, unlike other critics, had the decency to sign your name to your comment. It is interesting that those who make negative comments about others post either anonymously or use a pseudonym. As I see it, those people make a stand as a candidate or to post in a public forum and own up to their opinions are to be praised for their participation and effort to contribute to the public dialogue. On the other hand, those who hide in the shadows and attack others should have the courage of their convictions to identify themselves or expect to be held in low regard. As they say, “consider the source.” Kudos to you Mr. Andrus and to your message.

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