Evanston mayor backs Fiske in First Ward race
Evanston 1st ward Alderman candidate Judy Fiske (D) Candidates in contested aldermanic races will spar in separate forums sponsored by EV Review and League Women Voters. This time slot is the best to shoot it's the 1st ward, where incumbent Cheryl Wollin and Judy Fiske are reprising their razor-close 2005 contest.
Updated: April 22, 2013 10:58AM
EVANSTON — First Ward Alderman Judy Fiske has snagged a major endorsement in her race with challenger Ed Tivador in the city’s First Ward.
The Fiske campaign announced Monday that Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl is backing Fiske for election to a second term of office in the April 9 election.
“Judy works hard for the First Ward, and I can always count on her to be extremely well-informed no matter what we’re discussing,” Tisdahl said in a statement released Monday by the Fiske campaign. “She has shown real leadership on the City Council, working with me, the other aldermen and city staff to forge compromises and do what’s right for the entire city.”
Tisdahl added: “And having an Evanston business owner on the council is a real plus.”
The endorsement is an important one for Fiske against Tivador, superintendent of Northbrook/Glenview School District 30, and a newcomer to Evanston politics.
The challenger maintains he’ll bring a more conciliatory style to issues than Fiske, and looks to draw support from sectors of the university and business communities while making inroads into Fiske’s strength with homeowners.
Fiske,a one time activist, has a nearly two-decade resume in the forefront of historic preservation and other issues.
In her own statement, Fiske said, “I am honored to have Mayor Tisdahl’s support. For the last four years, she has witnessed firsthand how closely I collaborate with the City Council to do what’s best for Evanston. And as a former alderman herself, Liz knows how hard I work to serve all my First Ward constituents.”
“Voters in the First Ward deserve an independent voice who is not beholden to special interests, and that’s why my campaign does not accept the support of outsiders who are trying to influence our local politics,” she said.
“So Liz’s endorsement means a lot to me because she shares my goal of doing what’s best for the 1st Ward.”
Fiske was elected alderman, which are not fulltime positions in the city’s form of government, in April 2009. She is co-owner of a pet supply store downtown and, as such, the only member of the city council to operate a small business.