Two sitting aldermen and a local businessman have thrown their hats into the ring to become the next mayor of Evanston: Brian Miller, Mark Tendam, and Steve Hagerty. Earlier this year, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl announced that she would not seek a third term. The election will be held April 4.
Sixth Ward Alderman Mark Tendam said he is excited to share his vision for the future of Evanston with its residents. “Evanston is a wonderful and inspiring community,” he said. “As mayor, I will be committed to growing all of our business districts, improving the safety of our neighborhoods and ensuring that Evanston is a welcoming and vibrant place for all who live, learn, work, and play here.”
Ald. Tendam’s priorities include generating more and better paying jobs, creating apprenticeships, and encouraging better development choices. He says he wants the City of Evanston to lead, rather than follow, other communities.
Ald. Tendam worked to help transition the Evanston Public Library to its state-sanctioned fund model with an independent board, helped identify a central location for a performing arts venue, supported the City’s youth job program and its affordable housing ordinances, and helped reorganize the Evanston Animal Shelter and animal control program.
Ald. Tendam serves on the Rules, Planning and Development, Human Services, Economic Development, Parking and Transportation, and City-School Liaison committees as well as the Housing and Homelessness Commission. Ald. Tendam boasts a lifelong love of Evanston. “As mayor, I will work to preserve and enhance this great community,” he said.
He is a 1978 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. Degree in Design; he practiced graphic design for 35 years.
Local businessman Mr. Hagerty founded Hagerty Consulting, an emergency management consulting firm, in 2001. In addition to running his Evanston-based business, Mr. Hagerty has been active in civic affairs, having served as president of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and chaired the Mayor’s committee to make recommendations for the future of the Harley Clarke mansion. He is a member of the Board of Directors of First Bank & Trust and of Youth & Opportunity United. In 2014, the Chamber of Commerce recognized him as Business Person of the Year.
Hagerty Consulting has sponsored local fundraisers for victims of disasters elsewhere. In 2015, he held a fundraiser for victims of the earthquake in Nepal, and earlier this year, for victim of the flooding in Louisiana.
Mr. Hagerty's website lists issues as community-based economic development, gun violence and public safety, financial stability, improving infrastructure, and enhancing diversity. He will hold the kickoff for his campaign from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1818 Maple Ave.
“I care deeply about Evanston. I am grateful to live, work, and raise a family in one of the most ideal cities in America,” Mr. Hagerty said..
Mr. Hagerty holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University from Syracuse University.
Ninth Ward Alderman Brian Miller kicked off his campaign for mayor on Sept. 23 at Little Beans Play Café, 430 Asbury Ave., saying he feels the Evanston City government can do better for its residents.
City government, Ald. Miller said, should be more transparent, fair, and responsive to its citizens. Infrastructure should be maintained and upgraded.
“Best practices are not enough,” Ald. Miller said. “We’re not doing enough about gun violence,” he added. “We are doing well, but we’re still losing kids.” As a member of City Council, he has advocated for more funds to help at-risk youth, spoken against the sale of City-owned property, and criticized what he considered wasteful City spending.
As Chief of Staff for Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, he has worked on reforming the County budget, crafted legislation to ensure safe disposal of pharmaceuticals to prevent overdoses and environmental damage, and worked at conservation efforts at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.
Ald. Miller is the immediate past president of the Democratic Party of Evanston, has served as co-chair of the McGaw YMCA Camp Echo Committee, and is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Evanston.
“I grew up in Evanston,” he said. “I live in Evanston. Because of that, I owe Evanston.”
Ald. Miller attended Evanston public schools. He holds a bachelor's degree from the George Washington University and a J.D. from Northwestern University Law School.