Official results for municipal election released by Cook County Clerk’s Office

Kristina Karisch, Assistant City Editor

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The Cook County Clerk’s Office released the official results of Evanston’s municipal elections Wednesday.

Steve Hagerty, owner of an Evanston-based emergency consulting business, won the mayoral race against Ald. Mark Tendam (6th), garnering about 50.3 percent of the vote. His lead over Tendam was only 115 votes. Tendam conceded the race to Hagerty on April 9, pledging to support Hagerty in fulfilling his campaign promises.

The election, held on April 4, had a voter turnout of nearly 37 percent, with 18,422 ballots cast and counted. Prior to the general election, a primary was held Feb. 28 for the mayoral and 5th Ward races. The turnout rate was significantly higher than that of the last contested election in 2009, when only 10,375 people voted.

Hagerty told The Daily on April 9 that his opponent “owes it to himself and his supporters to make sure he is comfortable with the data to date before making a decision whether to concede or not.”

In the 8th Ward race, longtime incumbent Ald. Ann Rainey (8th) defeated her challenger, Rob Bady, by a margin of one percent. Rainey finished the race with 764 votes, only 13 votes ahead of Bady.

Additionally, races were held for city clerk and other aldermanic seats.

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