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Mark Sloane kicked off his campaign for 6th Ward alderman this afternoon with a rally that drew about 50 supporters — perhaps half of them old enough to vote — to Curt’s Cafe on Central Street.

The candidate, who’s hoping to unseat Alderman Mark Tendam in a rematch of their race from four years ago, criticized some City Council spending priorities.

Sloane, who’s recently stepped down after years as a member of the city’s parks and recreation board, voiced support for the proposal from youth sports groups that the City Council rejected to turn the city’s recycling center into an indoor sports practice facility.

Top: Aldermanic candidate Mark Sloane. Above: Smiling supporters greet the candidate after his speech.

And he suggested that the plan to convert a vacant city-owned storefront on Howard Street recently rejected by the council should — if it’s ever revived — include more arts groups that just the City Lit theater, which was the tenant proposed in the original plan.

Sloane, who works as a corporate chief financial officer, said with more groups sharing the space it would be easier to draw crowds seven nights a week to spread the costs of the operation and create a bigger stimulus for the rest of the Howard Street business district.

Music from the local youth band “Opening Doors” helped keep the Sloane supporter entertained.

He told supporters that with few races on the ballot this year it will be more important than ever for them to make the effort to turn out on election day, April 9, to help assure his victory.

Tendem holds his own campaign kickoff event Sunday afternoon at the Central Street Cafe.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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