Since we’re now less than a year away from Evanston’s next aldermanic election, Evanston Now asked the current aldermen this week whether they’re planning to run for office next year. So far we’ve only heard from one alderman who’s not planning to run.

It’s been two days since we first asked the question by email, and we’ll update this story as we get more responses.

1st Ward

Judy Fiske, who is completing her second four-year term as alderman, says she’s “definitely planning to run.”

2nd Ward

Update 6/3/16: Peter Braithwaite, who was appointed in 2012 and is now serving his first full term as alderman, says he plans to run for another term.

3rd Ward

Melissa Wynne, who’s nearing the 20-year mark as an alderman having first been elected in 1997, says, “I definitely plan to run for re-election.

“My experience on the Council has given me both a micro and macro understanding of Evanston  — we have great opportunities ahead of us that I want to help shape and we also have big challenges that I want to continue to work on and find solutions for. In short, I thoroughly enjoy the work and I am not done.”

4th Ward

Update 6/3/16: Don Wilson, who was first elected in 2009 and is completing his second term in office, says he hasn’t made a decision yet about running for re-election.

5th Ward

Delores Holmes, first elected in 2005, says, “I am definitely not planning to run.  For me I think three terms is enough, but I will keep an open mind and listen to the residents.”

6th Ward

No word yet from Mark Tendam, who was first elected in 2009 and is completing his second term in office.

7th Ward

Eleanor Revelle, who was appointed to fill a vacancy earlier this year, says, “At this point I would say that I am indeed planning to run.

“I am finding it rewarding to work with 7th Ward residents to resolve issues that directly affect them.  And I am committed to working with my Council colleagues to address some of the big challenges facing the broader Evanston community, in particular affordable housing, youth violence, and economic opportunity.”

8th Ward

Ann Rainey, who’s been on the City Council longer than any other member having first been elected in 1983, says, “I am absolutely,  positively,  definitely seeking reelection.”

“I’ve never felt so upbeat about the great eighth ward. All the residential areas look beautiful.”

“I am looking forward to playing a leadership role in taking the commercial development on Howard Street to the next level. The first step of course is the completion of the theater and renting the two remaining city owned buildings to new and exciting prospects. The goal has always been to to prove to the private market that Howard Street is that great street!”

9th Ward

Brian Miller, who was appointed to fill a vacancy last year, says, “I’m definitely planning on running. I feel that there is a lot of work to be done to improve our city.”


There’s still considerable time for incumbents or challengers to enter the race.

The first day for candidates to circulate petitions to get on the ballot for the the April 4 election is this Sept. 20, and the petition filing deadline is Dec. 19.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. City Council Elections
    We live in the 3rd Ward. It’s too bad our representative on the City Council is planning to run for reelection. Undoubtedly no one will even bother to run against her. The developers love her. Our neighborhood is becoming increasingly congested and noisy. First we had Amli, with over 200 units. Now we have Chicago/Main, a dark structure that is like a Godzilla, completely imposing on the neighborhood. Lincoln School is almost to capacity and facing potential overcrowding, as Evanston Now reported back in 2014 and at other times. The potholes on Chicago Avenue and Main have not been attended to in months. The CTA stations are decrepit and very unfriendly for seniors and the disabled to navigate. There are no bus shelters anywhere around here. Enough for now.

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