In a recent email to members of the media and the public, Gary Gaspard announced his campaign for mayor.

In his letter, Mr. Gaspard congratulated Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl “for her service and leadership during her tenure as mayor of our great City of Evanston for the past eight years.”

He said after meeting with prominent members of the community to discuss the future of the City, “I was fortunate to be drafted by those concerned citizens to lead the City to a brighter future. I have humbly accepted and have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for Mayor of the City of Evanston.”

He also said he plans to establish a “leadership team” to facilitate conversations about “the most critical challenges facing our exceptional community” to support “results-oriented leaders, ideas, and policies that not only make positive impact on our community but also expand opportunity and prosperity for all Evanstonians.”