Melissa Wynne.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, today announced she’ll run for a seventh term on the City Council in next April’s election.

Wynne, who defeated incumbent Emily Guthrie to win her first term in 1997, faced no opposition in her next four elections. In 2017, she won nearly 51% of the vote in a three-way race against Alex Block and Alex Morgan.

No matter the outcome of Tuesday’s presidential election, Wynne said, Evanston needs “strong leaders in the fight to address our serious challenges with a more civil public discourse.”

“I’m proud to serve on a City Council committed to making Evanston the most livable city in America,” she added.

“For me, a livable city means fighting COVID-19 with all we’ve got while protecting the most vulnerable people in our community.

“I’m encouraged by Evanston’s resiliency as communities rally to feed the elderly during this difficult time and younger people wear masks and practice social distance to protect those more vulnerable to chronic symptoms.

“Evanston must live up to our progressive values: equity and justice for all, accountability to each other and our posterity,” Wynne said. “We need a budget plan to rebuild our local economy and address racial disparities in education and economic opportunity.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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