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Program encourages local political activism

The Evanston Community Foundation is launching the latest edition of its Public Service Challenge designed to encourage residents to be engaged as candidates and campaign workers in local elections.

An image from the Public Service Challenge Facebook page.

The Evanston Community Foundation is launching the latest edition of its Public Service Challenge designed to encourage residents to be engaged as candidates and campaign workers in local elections.

Next April Evanston will elect a new mayor, a city clerk, and all nine aldermen, as well as four members each of District 65 and 202 school boards.

PSC training is offered each local election cycle to support and educate those interested in running for city office or school board or working on local campaigns

In addition to the foundation, groups supporting the effort include the Evanston/North Shore Chapter of the NAACP, the League of Women Voters, Evanston Latinos, the Evanston/Skokie PTA Council and ETHS Parents Engaged.

This year, the Public Service Challenge is being presented virtually through a video series. Two videos focus on the roles and responsibilities of serving as elected city and school board officials. The third video gives practical and useful instructions on how to run an effective campaign for office.

Additionally, the Advocates4Action radio show, moderated by Kimberly Holmes-Ross, will host three programs to inform listeners on what it means to be a public servant. The programs can be heard on Radio la Difference and will be streamed on Facebook.

  • Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.: The conversation will include a recap of the November election and a viewing of one of the Public Service Challenge video. Peter Giangreco, Strategy Group political consultant and Rachel Ruttenberg, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Evanston, will be featured.
  • Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.: Former aldermen Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, and Mark Tendam, 6th Ward, will discuss city government roles and responsibilities.
  • Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.: Former District 65 board members Omar Brown and Candace Chow, along with former District 65 and 202 board member Jonathan Baum, will discuss their experiences as public school board members.

For more information on the Public Service Challenge, contact Jennifer Moran at moran@evanstonforever.org or visit the ECF website.

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