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School candidate popularity varied across city

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Not many Evanston voters chose to cast ballots in Tuesday's school board election — less than 11 percent citywide.

But there were substantial variations in turnout by ward — as well as in which candidates were most popular from one ward to the next.

Not many Evanston voters chose to cast ballots in Tuesday's school board election — less than 11 percent citywide.

But there were substantial variations in turnout by ward — as well as in which candidates were most popular from one ward to the next.

Turnout was highest in northwest Evanston's 6th Ward, where 15 percent of the 6,511 registered voters showed up at the polls.

Two wards, the 5th and 8th, tied for the lowest turnout rate — 8 percent. But the total vote was higher in the 8th ward, because it has 4,544 registered voters, compared to just 3,512 in the 5th Ward.

In the District 65 race, incumbent Katie Bailey, who finished first with a total of 3,472 votes (not counting the small portion of the district in Skokie), was most consistent across the city among the three winners, ranging from a low of 62 percent in the 8th Ward to a high of 81 percent in the 6th Ward. Bailey lives in the 2nd Ward, where she got 70 percent of the votes cast.

Newcomer Richard Rykhus, who finished second with 3,399 votes in Evanston, did best in the 7th ward, getting 81 percent of the vote there, and worst in the majority-black 5th Ward were he drew just 42 percent of the vote. Rykhus lives in the 8th Ward, where he got 69 percent of the vote.

Challenger Eileen Budde, who finished third with 3,118 votes in Evanston, did best in the 7th Ward, getting 72 percent of the vote there, and worst in the 5th Ward, where, like Rykhus, she drew just 42 percent of the vote. Budde lives in the 4th Ward. There, and in the 3rd and 9th wards, she got 66 percent of the vote.

Incumbent Keith Terry, who lost his bid for a second term on the board with 1,904 votes in Evanston, did best in the 5th Ward, getting 67 percent of the vote there, and worst in the 6th Ward, where he drew just 29 percent of the vote. Terry lives in the 9th Ward, where he got 42 percent of the vote.

Challenger J.B. Rees, who finished last with just 491 votes in Evanston, did best in the 5th Ward, garnering 15 percent of the vote there — perhaps resulting from his advocacy of building a new school in the ward, and worst in the 3rd, 6th, 7th and 9th wards, where just 9 percent of the voters checked his name on the ballot. Rees lives in the 6th Ward.

In the District 202, Evanston Township High School, election, challenger Jonathan Baum finished first, with 3,149 votes from Evanstonians. He did best in his home ward, the 7th, where he got 76 percent of ballots cast, and worst in the 5th Ward, where he got 36 percent. Baum lives in the 7th Ward.

Incumbent Mark Metz finished second, with 2,851 votes. He did best in his home ward, the 1st, with 69 percent of ballots cast, and worst in the 5th Ward, with 47 percent.

Challenger Scott Rochelle was a close third, with 2,816 votes in Evanston. Rochelle did best in the 5th Ward, with 77 percent of ballots cast, and worst in the 3rd Ward, where he drew 50 percent. Rochelle, who lives in Skokie, was the only candidate to draw support from at least half the voters who turned out in every Evanston ward.

Incumbent Jane Colleton, who lost her bid for a sixth term on the board with 2,324 votes from Evanstonians, did best in the 5th Ward, with 67 percent of the vote, and worst in the 6th and 7th wards, where she was selected on just 40 percent of the ballots cast. Colleton lives in the 2nd Ward, where she received 62 percent of the vote.

Challenger Cherie Hansen, who withdrew from the race too late to have her name taken off the ballot, received 559 votes in Evanston. She did best in the 5th Ward, receiving the nod from 16 percent of voters there, and worst in the 7th Ward, where she got just 7 percent of the vote. Hansen lives in the 9th Ward, where she was chosen by 14 percent of voters.

From the vote totals it appears that many Evanstonians couldn't find three candidates in either race that they were willing to vote for. In the ETHS race, 4,838 ballots were submitted but they contained only 11,699 votes — 2,815 short of the number that would have been recorded if all voters had voted for three candidates.

In District 65, with the same number of ballots cast, voters checked 12,384 names — 2,130 short of the maximum allowed.

The voter turnout was much higher in 2009 when a mayoral contest topped the local election ballot. Then 10,375 Evanstonians voted for mayor.

The last time there were only school candidates on the ballot, in 2007, Evanston voters cast a total of 16,067 votes for District 65 candidates and 14,397 votes for District 202 candidates. 

If you're interested in delving further into the results, vote counts to the precinct level can be found on the Cook County Clerk's website.

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