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Daniel Biss was elected mayor in the Feb. 23 primary election, receiving nearly 74% of the votes cast. Although some mail-in ballots may remain to be counted, it is doubtful that they would make a difference in the outcome. Since he appears to have received more than 50% of the votes cast, that forecloses the need for a general election for mayor, and Mr. Biss will be Evanston’s next mayor.
He sent the following letter by email to supporters:
“I am humbled to be elected Mayor of Evanston and excited to get to work to build a bold, progressive city government.
“I’m grateful to all who stepped up and made this campaign possible – from our amazing staff to our interns and volunteers, our supporters, and the countless community leaders who endorsed this campaign – thank you.
“I want to also thank Lori Keenan and Sebastian Nalls for sharing their visions, and running strong campaigns. Lori has been a tireless and passionate advocate for many crucial issues in our city. Her commitment to our community is unwavering and I look forward to partnering with her in the future. Sebastian impressed everyone in our community – with his activism, his passion for progressive change, and his compelling campaign. I’m excited to see how Sebastian chooses to make a difference in our community moving forward, and I’m excited to work with him on the many issues where we agree.
“Last night, our community sent a clear mandate for what we want the next four years. We voted not just for a person, but rather for an agenda and vision for what we can do together. We voted for bold, progressive, and transformative policies.
“Our first task must be the recovery from this pandemic which has taken the lives of over 100 Evanstonians, caused our community so much pain and, and shuttered numerous businesses. But coming back from this pandemic stronger and more equitable than before is not the end of our transformation – it’s just the beginning.
“I’m proud of the effort we devoted over the course of this campaign to lay out specific plans on key issues. We developed bold policies to transform our system of public safety; on affordable housing for all Evanstonians; on climate and sustainability; and on establishing equity and transparency as the linchpins for everything our government does. I’m excited to continue engaging with our community to flesh out these policies further, bring all voices to the table, and start getting things done.
“But I know that none of this can happen if we don’t come together as a community and work in collaboration. I believe an essential part of being Mayor is listening to everyone and hearing every voice – not to promise always to agree, but to make sure you know that if you share your view I will hear it, I will learn from it, and even if you don’t convince me I will grow from it and it will affect the way I think going forward.
“My ask to you is this: let’s approach one another with a sense of grace, an assumption of good faith, and an eagerness to reach across divides to build the bold, progressive city government our community is hungry for.
“I am honored by the trust the people of Evanston have placed in me and I’m excited for the difficult and crucial work to transform our City.
“Thank you so much.”
— Daniel Biss