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President’s office hosts Evanston mayoral candidate forum

Candidates discussed K-12 education, university-town partnerships, improving community safety

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Candidates for Evanston mayor shared their plans to strengthen the relationship between the city and the University. From left: Sixth Ward Alderman Mark Tendam, candidate; Steve Hagerty, candidate; Sara Monoson, chair of political science (forum facilitator); President Morton Schapiro; Alan Anderson, executive director of Neighborhood and Community Relations; Gary Gaspard, candidate; Jeff Smith, candidate; and Ninth Ward Alderman Brian Miller, candidate

EVANSTON - The five candidates for Evanston mayor weighed in on issues ranging from supporting K-12 schools to improving community safety at a campus forum held last night, hosted by Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro.

The discussion was moderated by Sara Monoson, professor and chair of political science in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. 

Approximately 100 student, University, city and business leaders attended the forum at the James L. Allen Center on the Evanston campus. The candidates also addressed building and strengthening mutually beneficial partnerships between Evanston and the University.

The mayoral candidates are: Gary Gaspard, former Evanston Township supervisor; Steve Hagerty, entrepreneur; Evanston Alderman Brian Miller, Ninth Ward; Jeff Smith, Evanston attorney and community activist; and Evanston Alderman Mark Tendam, Sixth Ward.

Early voting for the Feb. 28 primary election in Evanston starts Monday, Feb. 13.

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