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Three planning runs for mayor

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At least three Evanston residents now say they're planning campaigns to be elected mayor next spring.

Alderman Brian Miller, 9th Ward, says he's planning a kickoff gathering for supporters at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Little Beans Cafe at 430 Asbury Ave.

Steve Hagerty, president of Evanston-based Hagerty Consulting, confirmed Monday plans to run that Evanston Now first reported on July 20. Hagerty last year served as chair of a mayoral committee recommending options for the Harley Clarke mansion.

And Alderman Mark Tendam, 6th Ward, on Monday said he's "very likely" to join the race. Tendam is now serving his second term on the City Council.

The announcement in July by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl that she wouldn't run for a third four-year term opened up the race. Tisdahl had run unopposed for her second term after winning a four-way contest for the job the first time around.

Tisdahl injected herself into the race for her replacement Monday with comments to the Daily Northwestern suggesting she had doubts about Miller's ability to work well with others. Tisdahl appointed Miller as alderman in 2015 to replace Coleen Burrus, who resigned.

One notable thing about the potential field so far is that all the candidates are men. Evanston's last three mayors — dating back to the election of Joan Barr in 1985 — have all been women.

Would-be candidates have until Dec. 19 to collect the petition signatures required to qualify for a position on the April ballot.

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