Ed Tivador, who lost a hard-fought campaign for Evanston 1st Ward alderman to incumbent Judy Fiske in April, is building up campaign funds for a possible rematch.

Tivador earlier this month received a total of nearly $13,500 in campaign contributions from Col. James N. Pritzker and a company he controls.

Tivador, in a phone interview this afternoon, said he hasn’t decided whether he’ll run again but that he’s very interesting in being active in the community.

Tivador, who came within six percentage points of beating Fiske, is the superintendent of schools in Northbrook/Glenview School District 30.

One Evanston job he said he’s not interested in is becoming the new superintendent of Evanston/Skokie School District 65. That job opened up last week with the resignation of long-time superintendent Hardy Murphy.

Top: Tivador during his concession speech on election night last April. Above: Fiske at a recent city committee meeting.

Asked about possible reactions from Fiske supporters to the large contributions from Pritzker, the Evanston billionaire who has recently won approval from the City Council — over Fiske’s objections — for two bed and breakfast establishments on the lakefront, Tivador said he had no comment about that.

The city’s Board of Ethics earlier this month rejected a demand from opponents of the Pritzker projects that Alderman Mark Tendam, 6th Ward, be forced to return a $1,000 contribution from Pritzker.

As of the most recent quarterly campaign disclosure reports covering activity through June 30, Fiske reported having spent $15,917.83 on this year’s campaign, including unpaid debts from the race of $4,550.09.

Tividor had spent $18,968.93. His campaign’s only debt was a $700 loan he’d made to the campaign himself.

That means that with the Pritzker gifts alone he has already raised for a possible 2017 run more than 70 percent of what he spent in this year’s losing effort.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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