Eight of the 10 people who’ve told the mayor they’d like to be the next alderman of Evanston’s 7th Ward introduced themselves to residents at a meeting at the Civic Center Tuesday night.
In the order they spoke, they are:
Mary Rosinski, a real estate broker and long-time community activist on issues including library funding and the Harley Clarke mansion, stressed her interest in those issues.
John Zbesko, who ran for alderman in 2009, said that as a trustee of the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District he’s helped reduce property taxes “at least a little bit.”
Spencer Stern, a management consultant to municipal governments, said he would bring more of a business focus to city government.
Eleanor Revelle, a former president of the League of Women Voters of Evanston and member of the Evanston Community Foundation board, said she’s been very involved in trying to find solutions to issues facing the city — including making Evanston a more sustainable community.
Lori Keenan, the owner of a marketing firm and, like Rosinski, an activist on library issues, also mentioned her work with the Dajae Coleman Foundation, named after a 14-year-old victim of gun violence. Problems of violence, she said, “need to not be swept under the rug any longer.”
Carl Bova, a civil engineer, said he’d been hired as a consultant by the city on several construction projects. He said residents are “paying handsomely for all the city’s bills” and he called for protecting parks and the lakefront.
Tom Cushing, an attorney and 2014 judicial candidate, said he’s learned the importance of listening to residents and called Evanston “as active and intelligent a community as exists anywhere in the world.”
Todd Kihm, a 4th generation Evanstonian and general contractor, said he’s very committed to Evanston because the bulk of his remodeling and restoration work is done here. “If Evanston is not a desirable place to live, I’m not going to be successful,” he said.
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, who will choose the new alderman, said she was surprised that the other two candidates, who she didn’t name, hadn’t turned out for the meeting.