Time for another election – but only for Evanston’s Second and Ninth wards.

Both wards had City Council members appointed to fill out someone else’s term, so there will be special elections in February. And in each ward, it is already a competition, according to the papers filed with the Evanston City Clerk.

Second Ward Council Member Krissie Harris. Credit: Richard Cahan

A duo of mayor-appointed incumbents and challengers in each ward have filed nominating petitions as of the opening of the filing period on Monday, Nov. 21.

The election will begin Jan. 19 with early voting and ends on Feb. 28.

Darlene Cannon, candidate for Second Ward City Council member.

Council Member Kristian “Krissie” Harris (2nd Ward), appointed by Mayor Daniel Biss in September following Peter Braithwaite’s resignation, faces Darlene Cannon, who narrowly lost to Braithwaite in the 2021 race.

Patricia Gregory, candidate for Second Ward City Council member.

Cannon is a member of the Evanston Equity and Empowerment Commission and has previously served as committee chair of the Evanston Voter Initiative.

Patricia Gregory, a physical education teacher at Lincoln Elementary School and a member of the city’s Parks and Recreation Board, is also vying for a council seat in the Second Ward. She has said public safety and crime are “a huge concern of mine, both in the ward and in the community.”

Ninth Ward Council Member Juan Geracaris. Credit: Richard Cahan

In the Ninth Ward, the incumbent Juan Geracaris, appointed by Biss in February after Cicely Fleming’s resignation, faces Kathy Hayes.

Geracaris, said to be the first Hispanic member of the City Council, is a senior administrator at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He’s also a founding member and vice president of Evanston Latinos, a nonprofit organization that seeks to support Latinx people in the city. 

Kathy Hayes, Ninth Ward City Council candidate. Credit: Via hayes4evanston.com

Hayes is a retired case manager, social worker and analyst. She also worked with Cook County for 35 years in public government.

The filing period for the municipal seats remains open through Monday, Nov. 28.

Other city council seats are not up for election until 2025, but voters will be able to elect candidates to fill seats on the city’s two school boards. The filing period for those races opens Dec. 12.

Manan Bhavnanireporter

Prior to joining the RoundTable, Manan Bhavnani covered business and technology for the International Business Times, with a focus on mergers, earnings and governance. He is a double Medill graduate, with...

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