Peter Braithwaite, Second ward Council member, steps down after more than a decade of service. Credit: Robert Seidenberg

As you may know, last month, Second Ward Council member Peter Braithwaite announced his resignation from the City Council, and today is his final day in office. Please join me in thanking Council member Braithwaite for more than a decade of dedicated service to our community, as well as his leadership and advocacy for the 2nd Ward and all Evanston residents.

To ensure that the Second Ward continues to be well represented on the City Council following Council member Braithwaite’s departure, I am launching a process to fill the Second Ward seat. This process will be essentially identical to the process used to fill the Ninth Ward vacancy earlier this year.

Here is the timeline I plan to follow:

  • Friday, July 15 – Council member Braithwaite’s resignation is effective. Applications open for the Second Ward Council member seat (apply here).
  • Friday, Aug. 12 – Applications are due.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 31 (tentative) – Public meeting where candidates will make presentations (additional details to be announced).
  • Monday, Sept. 12 – Confirmation of mayoral appointment comes before City Council.

Under state law, the candidate appointed by the mayor and approved by City Council to fill this vacancy will serve until the municipal election in 2023.

If you’re interested in representing the Second Ward, please complete the application by Aug. 12. I also ask that you share this information with your networks and encourage others who may be interested in public service to apply so that we can ensure the broadest, most diverse pool of candidates possible. I look forward to an open, inclusive process that will enable us to best fill this important role in our city government.

Thank you, and please join me in wishing Council member Braithwaite the very best in the future.

Daniel Biss
Mayor, City of Evanston