First Ward candidate in Evanston survives objection
Edward Tivador (right), a candidate for Evanston First Ward alderman, shakes hands with Scott Spears, the attorney for the First Ward resident Barbara Janes who filed a petition challenge against Tivador, after the election challenge was thrown out during the city's Municipal Officers Electoral Board meeting at the Civic Center in Evanston on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 19, 2013 12:05PM
EVANSTON — A resident has withdrawn her petition objection in the First Ward aldermanic election, leaving candidate Edward Tivador on the April 9 ballot.
At a meeting of the city’s Electoral Board Friday, Scott Spears, attorney for Barbara-Jean Janes, told the city’s three-member board that Janes was withdrawing her challenge after learning the minimum number of signatures were “significantly lower” then the number she based her objection on.
Electoral Board members then voted to accept the withdrawal into the record.
“We have no objection to them withdrawing their rejection,” said Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, who ran the meeting.
Tivador, superintendent of Northbrook/Glenview District 30, will now square off against incumbent Judy Fiske.
The race is one of only two contested aldermanic races.
“I’m really very pleased,” Tivador said following the vote. “I’m very eager to get going on our campaign.”
In her objection, Jane’s charged that Tivador’s petition sheets referred to him as a “candidate” and failed to specify he was running for alderman of the First Ward. The ward name is referenced at the top of the petition sheets.
She said the signatures, if stricken, would leave the candidate below the minimum 85 needed to go on the ballot.
She withdraw her objection, learning the election judges were using 55 signatures as the minimum. The total is based on the 5 percent of the 1,064 voters who voted in the 2009 First Ward Aldermanic election, said City Clerk Rodney Greene.