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Fourth Ward Alderman Donald Wilson, one of the Evanston City Council’s most prominent voices, and Eighth Ward Alderman Ann Rainey, the Council’s longest-serving member and a force in Evanston politics for decades, will not be advancing to the April 6 general election, based on final primary returns posted on the Cook County Clerk’s Election site March 10.
The Clerk’s Office’s canvass of election returns – which includes the final tally of mail-in ballots from the Feb. 23 primary – show newcomers Diane Goldring, a grassroots activist, and Jonathan Nieuwsma, a founding member of Citizens’ Greener Evanston, moving forward to the general election in the centrally located Fourth Ward.
Final canvass results show Mr. Nieuwsma received 531 or 38.96% of the 1,363 votes cast in the Fourth Ward race, Ms. Goldring with 444 votes or 32.58% and Mr. Wilson, who was seeking a third term of office, with 388 votes or 28.47%.
In the southeast Eighth Ward, Devon Reid, currently Evanston City Clerk, will face off with Matthew Mitchell, an attorney and Ridgeville Park District Commissioner, in the April 6 General Election.
In the Eighth Ward, the results show Mr. Reid with 429 votes or 39.61% of the 1,083 votes cast, Mr. Mitchell with 336 votes or 31.02%, and Ald. Rainey, whose service on the Council dates back to 1983, with 318 votes or 29.36%.