Former Mayor Jay Lytle, campaign manager Kent Swanson and First Ward Aldermanic candidate Ed Tivador at his campaign kickoff.Photo by Mary Mumbrue

Ed Tivador began his campaign for First Ward Alderman on Feb. 9 at Fountain Square. If elected, he says, his “goal is to lead Evanston in its quest to promote the highest quality of life for all residents through fiscally sound, responsive, equitable and professional delivery of municipal services with the highest degree of integrity.”

Mr. Tivador says he has 30 years of leadership and management experience, including reorganizing public institutions, while expanding programs and services in the face of dwindling resources. He was superintendent of Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 from 2007-2012; superintendent of River Trails School District 26 from 2006-2007; and deputy superintendent of Lake Forest School Districts 67 and 115 from 2002-06. Before that he held the positions of assistant superintendent for finance and operations and business manager of two NorthShore school districts for 14 years.  

Mr. Tivador lists a number of First Ward issues under the heading, “safety and security.” They include  (1) work with residents, schools, and other institutions to create programs for skill development and job training; (2) focus on early identification for at-risk individuals, groups and environments; (3) drawing on a core of community experts, create a volunteer base that can assist families and others in crisis; (4) work with local businesses and institutions to develop work-study programs and internships; (5) provide training and resources for police and fire departments to ensure the highest levels of prevention and response; (6) partner with Northwestern University to improve safety for its students and staff; (7) meet regularly with First Ward constituents and other aldermen to address community safety issues. …”

He says he supports “balanced and strategic economic growth.” In this area he says, he would “implement an economic development plan that is respectful and sensitive to neighborhoods, with a focus on retaining existing businesses and attracting new ones; assess zoning and preservation concerns in the context of economic growth; and respect the value of natural resources, such as our lakefront, when making decisions about new development.”