Judy Fiske wins re-election, beats Edward Tivador in 1st Ward race


Jia You/Daily Senior Staffer

Ald. Judy Fiske (1st) won re-election this evening, defeating challenger Edward Tivador 56 percent to 44 percent.

Staff report

Ald. Judy Fiske apparently won re-election tonight, narrowly defeating a challenge from Edward Tivador.

With all precincts reporting, Fiske received 56 percent to Tivador’s 44 percent. Fiske celebrated the win with supporters at Dave’s Italian Kitchen, 1635 Chicago Ave. Tivador conceded the race at World of Beer, 1601 Sherman Ave., where he watched election returns with supporters including two Evanston aldermen.

The 1st Ward election was the most closely watched of the local races in Evanston. Citywide turnout was light, city clerk Rodney Greene said. A quarter of registered voters cast ballots in the 1st Ward, a low figure but higher than most other districts with uncontested races.

Fiske was first elected in 2009 and has built a reputation as a stalwart advocate for ward residents, often standing up to her colleagues as the lone dissenter on many City Council votes. She previously ran in 2005 but her opponent, Cheryl Wollin, won with the help of strong student support.

— Staff Report