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After saying for weeks that he was likely to run, Evanston Alderman Mark Tendam, 6th Ward, issued a news release late Wednesday saying he’s definitely in the running for mayor.

Tendam, who’s nearing the end of his second term on the City Council, said the city has made “great strides in the past eight years in developing a safe and vibrant downtown, but there is still much work to do for our entire city.”

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“As mayor, I will be committed to growing all of our business districts, improving the safety of our neighborhoods and ensuring that Evanston is a welcome and vibrant place for all who live, learn, work and play here,” he added.

He said that as mayor he hopes to generate more and better paying jobs, create accessible apprenticeships and encouraging better development choices.

Tendam, a 1978 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, is a retired graphic designer. He’s served on the boards of Better Existence with HIV, the McGaw YMCA and the Democratic Party of Evanston.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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