Two challengers have stepped into the race for 3rd Ward alderman and one is looking to take over the city clerk’s job in Evanston in next spring’s election.

Alex Block and Alex Morgan are circulating petitions to challenge incumbent Melissa Wynne in the 3rd Ward. And Devon Reid is seeking to unseat incumbent Rodney Greene as city clerk.

Block is a 2010 ETHS grad who was on the debate team while attending Miami University in Ohio. He also organized an online petition drive against the sale of the Harley Clarke mansion.

Morgan is field and training director for the Progressive Turnout Project. He’s a 2011 graduate of Kalamazoo College and has worked for Teach for America. He’s also communications director for the Democratic Party of Evanston.

Reid, in 2011 became, at 18, one of youngest candidates to qualify for the ballot in a Chicago aldermanic race — in his unsuccessful bid to become 26th Ward alderman there. He’s chair of the Millennial Political Action Committee and has also been active in a group trying to encourage food waste recycling called Plates Over Waste.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. First impressions

    Block and Morgan appear to be the same old type of person who cares more about themselves than most of the people in Evanston and are unlikely to improve the city's councilman problems of tax and spend. Don't know enough about Reid but Greene appears to be a person who just does his job without any negatives.

    1. What’s wrong with Melissa Wynne?
      What is wrong with Melissa Wynne? I have not always agreed with her, but she has always been responsive to my concerns and has a deep commitment to Southeast Evanston and Evanston as a whole.

  2. I’m glad that someone gets

    I'm glad that someone gets feedback from Melissa Wynne.  I've sent emails and made phone calls over her 20 years in office and had virtually no responses.  She claims she has no emails waiting to be answered; neither didi Hillary Clinton.  She likes photo ops and gifts.

    1. spam filter

      I live in the 2nd Ward now, home to the sole alderman who fully objected to the Wally World condo loan forgiveness nonsense. When I lived in the 3rd ward, Melissa Wynne never once responded to an email message from me (I perhaps sent three, over a period of years). One of those was a thank-you note for something I saw as a nice improvment. No response.  

    2. Third Ward Alderman – Melissa Wynne

      I have lived in Evanston for 15 years and have contacted Melissa Wynne for 4 different problems re: City personnel, trash pick-up, parking tickets, and street cleaning.  She responded immediately and helped solve all of the issues.

      I am surprised to see comments about her lack of response – first time I have ever heard this from anyone in 15 years.  Must be election time …

      1. Sticking with Wynne

        Melissa Wynne has been a spectacular councilmember, as far as I am concerned. She has always responded to my messages. She has always worked to resolve issues, whether they are small issues like a broken traffic light, or a larger issue like local developments and preservation. She deserves to be re-elected. These two other candidates are just looking for launching pads for a political career. Both of them are Democratic Party activists, at least one of them paid. Block has a lot of friends whose parents are happy to get on his bandwagon. I am sticking with Wynne.

        1. Block is quite impressive

          There is no doubt that the experience with Wynne’s responsiveness is quite variable. Having lived in the 3rd ward during her complete tenure I can attest to no response from her on many occaisions, while others do get attention. She seems to play favorites.  Spectacular may be a bit hyperbolic, but Wynne is certainly capable. Regardless, being in the council for 20 years or so has built some complacency. Do not dismiss Block out of hand, this is a young man who is very dedicated to Evanston and is brimming with ideas and passion. Check out or his Facebook page to get a better picture of him. He is a good listener as well as a strong advocate. We need more young folks like him getting involved, and he represents the future. Block would do a great job on the council representing the 3rd ward as well as all of Evanston. He has earned my vote and deserves everyones serious consideration.

  3. Having lived in M Wynne’s

    Having lived in M Wynne’s neighborhood for 15+ years, I too can attest to unresponsiveness and smug curtailing of any steps to move in an alternative direction. I have contacted her office on several occasions, to NO AVAIL.  No phone calls returned, no responses to emails, and when I have attended community events — she has actually had a very flippant attitude with her constituents.  She definitely favors home owners over renters and students are treated as second class citizens.  She definitely needs to go.   

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