Evanston Election Results: Mayor-elect of Biss, Path of Incumbents
EVANSTON, IL – Early results from Tuesday’s primary election in Evanston indicate voters may have determined the winner of races for both town offices without the need for a run-off in April.
Daniel Biss declared victory after unofficial results showed him a lead of more than 4,500 votes over his closest competitor. With more than half of the votes counted, he won the race outright, under the terms of the 1992 referendum.
An hour after the polls closed, Biss had garnered more than 73% of the votes counted and declared victory in a video teleconference with supporters and the press.
“Tonight is a night of celebration for us, tomorrow morning is a morning off, but then we go into a period of work,” Biss said. “Work to transform our city, work to implement this new vision, work to make policies that work for every Evanstonian and uplift every Evanstonian, and I ask you all to join me in this work, just as you have. join this campaign. Thank you very much, I love you more than you know and I cannot tell you how excited I am about what we are going to accomplish together. “
Biss campaigned on his ability to lead the city through the pandemic in a more equitable direction and a plan to enact “transformational” policy changes at the municipal level, including public safety reform, a push for housing affordable and improved sustainability policies.
“I have to say that none of this can happen if our community remains as divided as we sometimes feel, if it remains so easy for our community to turn legitimate, important and passionate differences of opinion into fundamental divisions that say: “You ‘We are on my side and they are not on my side’, who say:” We are more determined to wage war against each other than to find a way to move this community forward “” , Biss told supporters Tuesday night.
“I’ll be honest, I’ve been at times during this campaign concerned about some of the divisions I’ve seen in this community. Not concerned because I’m a slobbery type of guy. Not worried because I feel like a person says this and the other person says that halfway between the two must be right, not because I hesitate to fight for my values - I run because it is essential that we fight for our values. values - but simply because I have sometimes seen that the battles in which we engage prevent us from progressing instead of allowing us to progress, ”he added.
“So I’m ready to listen to everyone, to hear all voices, not to promise to agree with you, but to make sure that you know that if you share your point of view, I will. will hear, i will learn it, i will internalize and even if you don’t convince me i will grow from there and it will affect how i think about going forward. “
Sebastian Nalls, an undergraduate student at Purdue University and former program director at the Evanston Department of Parks and Recreation, released a statement at the end of the vote on Tuesday.
“This trip has connected me even more to a community that I am happy to call home. The stories I have heard have shaped not only my policies, but also who I am as a person. I hope my efforts have inspired many people in Evanston to see that we have a path to a future that is fair and just, ”said Nalls.
“Democracy took place today, and I am grateful to everyone who participated.”
Lori Keenan, owner of a local PR and marketing firm, arrived as a finalist at Biss, unofficial results show. She released a statement congratulating Biss and thanking all voters who voted during the races.
“I entered this race because I care deeply about the people of Evanston and wanted to raise their voice. For me, this race has always been about serving our community. I will continue to present myself and speak as I do. have been doing it for the past 22 years and look forward to working with a new city council and a mayor for a better Evanston, ”Keenan said.
“I want to thank the many local organizations that have hosted important conversations about Evanston and the challenges we face as a community. And I especially want to acknowledge what an extremely bright future I see for the third contender in this race, Sebastian Nalls, and what an important role he and many young adult organizations have played in educating us all about the many important issues facing Evanston. She added. “I hope that the dialogue with our new mayor will lead to a more productive and transparent relationship between the people of Evanston and our elected officials, and I am very grateful for the support of my family and the many friends and volunteers who have helped in the process. of road.
Biss, former state representative, state senator and runner-up to the Democratic Party’s 2018 gubernatorial nomination, did well overwhelmed and spent his two opponents on several occasions. He won the approval of a majority of Evanston City Council, as well as his former main opponent, Governor JB Pritzker.
Stephanie Mendoza, the only candidate for the Town of Evanston Clerk who managed to submit enough signatures to appear on the ballot, appears to have received over 75% of the votes cast, according to unofficial results from the Clerk’s Office of Cook County.
The number of votes for the individually registered candidates, of which there are six in the clerk’s race, has yet to be released by the county clerk’s office. But for his name to be entered in the April 6 ballot to challenge Mendoza, one of them will need to collect 922 of the 2,242 written ballots.
There were 4,500 mail-in ballots received, with more than 2,000 still pending on Tuesday, according to City Clerk Devon Reid. Postal ballots are valid as long as they are postmarked before February 23.
There are also tight races in the 4th and 8th hall, where outgoing aldermen Don Wilson and Ann Rainey risk being knocked out of the race before the second round of the April 6 election.
Each incumbent held third place with an outstanding constituency in their neighborhood, although each was separated by less than 50 votes in the parish-level races.
Rainey, the senior member of City Council, was first elected to represent 8th Ward in 1983. She followed City Clerk Devon Reid and Ridgeville Park District Commissioner Matthew Mitchell, according to unofficial results.
Wilson, a local lawyer elected to city council in 2009 with 51% of the vote before running twice without opposition, followed both Diane Goldring and Jonathan Nieuwsma.
The new mayor, the clerk and the city council are to be sworn in on May 11.
Updated with additional results.