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Former Evanston Mayor Lorraine Morton has endorsed Carolyn Murray in the race for 5th Ward alderman.

In a statement, Morton said, “I am excited to support you Carolyn. I admire you, for taking on this hard job to be the alderman for the 5th Ward. I’ve known you a long, long time. And I know how you’ve worked for the 5th Ward, how you handled 5th Ward meetings for years, and I know you are dedicated to the ward.”

“Former Mayor Lorraine Morton is beloved by residents of the Fifth Ward,” Murray said in the statement, “and her endoresement is further proof that our campaign is all about people power.”

Murray says she’s also been endorsed by two of her primary opponents, Misty Witenberg and Carlis Sutton.

Murray faces Robin Rue in the April 4 election. Early voting for the election starts Monday.

In her press release, Murray said of the primary result, “The great thing is that more people voted against my opponent than for her.” 

However, primary election results posted on the Cook County Clerk’s website indicate that claim is false.

Election results posted on the Cook County Clerk’s website.

Those results show that Rue won a majority of all votes received by candidates in the aldermanic race — though by the slimmest of possible margins. Rue received a total of 370 votes, while all the other candidates combined received 369 notes.

An additional 31 primary voters in the 5th Ward didn’t express a preference in the aldermanic race. Most of them presumably chose to only cast vote in the mayoral primary.

The fifth candidate in the 5th Ward primary, Daniel Featherson, has endorsed Rue, as have retiring Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and retiring 5th Ward Alderman Delores Holmes.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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