Darlene Murray-Cannon.

Darlene Murray-Cannon, who lost to Peter Braithwaite by just 71 votes in 2021, wants to replace Braithwaite when he steps down from Evanston’s City Council later this month.

In a Facebook post, Murray-Cannon said she is “formally asking” Mayor Daniel Biss to appoint her to the 2nd Ward alder position.

Murray-Cannon is the first to publicly declare so far, but will likely not be the last.

Earlier this year, seven people threw their hats in the ring when Ald. Cicely Fleming (9th) resigned, including Juan Geracaris, who was then chosen by the mayor to fill the vacancy.

Biss first held a community forum where the candidates answered questions before making his selection. There’s no word yet on whether that same process will be followed this time, but it seems logical to expect it.

In applying for the Braithwaite slot, Murray-Cannon said if appointed she would “prioritize affordability, public safety and small business ownership while increasing government transparency and community participation.”

Murray-Cannon is a board member of the Democratic Party of Evanston and an appointed member of the city’s Equity and Empowerment Commission.

Braithwaite is stepping down for personal reasons after serving as the 2nd Ward council member since 2011.

Peter Braithwaite.

Braithwaite was originally appointed to replace Lionel Jean-Baptiste, who left to take a judgeship.

This Sunday at 3 p.m., Jean-Baptiste, who is still on the bench, will be recognized with an honorary street naming at the corner of McDaniel Avenue and Crain Street.

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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2 Comments

  1. Please no!

    She would basically be another Devon Reid.

    We desperately need thoughtful pragmatists with actual experience working in large organizations and addressing complex problems in a thoughtful way.

    During the election it was never clear what Cannon’s background was other than she lived in the ward and was involved in a NIMBY action to block affordable housing in the ward. She registered a non-profit a few weeks before the election, but it is unclear if it is still operational.

    You can still find her website archived. It is thin on qualifications: https://web.archive.org/web/20210514154000/https://www.darlenefor2.org/

    Hopefully Mayor Biss will make a similar pick to Geracaris. If you remember, when Fleming quit the first guy to put his hat in the ring was the college kid who ran for mayor. Again, another inexperienced NIMBY type who somehow thought that since he lost an election he should be appointed to the vacancy.

    Biss chose someone who has a degree in engineering, works in a supervisory capacity at one of the town’s largest employers, and has been involved in the community in established organizations like the PTA. He seems to have been pretty reasonable so far.

    Hopefully he will choose someone thoughtful and measured like Peter and not a loose cannon.

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