The Cook County Clerk’s Office lists the following people on the ballot in the Feb. 28 primary election for Mayor of the City of Evanston: Brian Miller, Mark Tendam, Gary Gaspard, Steve Hagerty, and Jeffery P. “Jeff” Smith.
The following people are listed on the ballot in the Feb. 28 primary election for Alderman of the Fifth Ward: Robin Rue, Carolyn Murray, Daniel Featherson, Carlis B. Sutton, and Misty Witenberg.
City Clerk Rodney Greene told the RoundTable that, since the 1992 Referendum was approved, the two candidates for Mayor who receive the highest number of votes in the Feb. 28 primary will be on the ballot in the April 4 general election, except if one of the candidates receives more than 50% of the votes in the primary, then that candidate shall be the Mayor.
In 1992, voters answered “yes” to the following referendum question that was put on the ballot by City Council:
“Shall the Mayor of the City of Evanston be elected in the following manner commencing with the election to be held in 1993 and thereafter: If more than two candidates for Mayor shall have filed for election, a primary shall be held and the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall stand for election in the Regular Election, Except if one candidate shall receive more than fifty percent (50%) of the votes cast at the primary, that candidate shall have been elected Mayor for a term commencing the first City Council meeting after the Regular Election?”
Because the 1992 Referendum applies only to the election of the Mayor, the primary election for Alderman of the Fifth Ward is governed by 65 ILCS 5/3.1-20-45, said Mr. Greene. That statute, which applies to municipalities holding nonpartisan elections, provides that there will be a primary if more than four candidates have filed nominating petitions.
After conferring with the Illinois State Board of Elections, Mr. Greene told the RoundTable that the two candidates for Alderman of the Fifth Ward who receive the highest number of votes in the primary will be placed on the ballot for the April 4 general election, even if one of those candidates receives more than 50% of the vote.
Section 5/3.1-2-45 (1) provides, “the two candidates who receive the highest number of votes [in the primary] shall be placed on the ballot for the next succeeding general election.”