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Several more Evanston residents have taken out petitions seeking to run for municipal offices next spring.

The race for mayor now has three contenders, with local activist and planning consultant Jeanne Lindwall of 625 Library Place and Alderman Elizabeth Tisdahl, 7th Ward, joining Plan Commission Vice-Chair Stuart Opdycke in seeking to replace retiring mayor Lorraine Morton.

City Clerk Rodney Greene, appointed by the mayor to the job last year to fill the term left by the retirement of Mary Morris, has taken out petitions to run for election as clerk.

Greene, who said last week that having more than two candidates in the race would trigger a primary election for mayor, now says a recent change in state law means a primary will be held only if at least four candidates file sufficient petition signatures for the office.

Clerk’s office staffers say that, given the high level of interest in the mayor’s job so far, they believe there’s a strong chance a primary election in February will be required.

On the aldermanic front, voters in the First Ward can look for a re-run of the 2005 campaign now that the loser in that race, Judy Fiske of 2319 Sherman Ave., and incumbent Alderman Cheryl Wollin have both taken out petitions for next year’s contest. Fiske owns a local retail store. Wollin teaches at Oakton Community College.

In the 7th Ward, Jane Grover of 2703 Prairie Ave. is running to succeed Tisdahl. Grover is on the staff of the Evanston Community Foundation and runs the foundation’s Leadership Evanston program.

In the 9th Ward, Plan Commissioner Coleen Burrus of 747 Dewey Ave. is running for alderman. Burrus works at Northwestern University as associate director of foundation relations.

The only incumbent alderman who has said he’s not running for re-election is Steve Bernstein of the 4th Ward, but other than Wollin and Tisdahl, the rest have not taken out petitions for any city office yet.

Mayoral candidates have to file their petitions by Dec. 15. Aldermanic candidates have until Jan. 26 to collect their petition signatures.

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