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The Feb. 28 election is over. National and state politics continue to challenge us, and frighten many. The times, and the tides we may face, will continue to require strong local leadership with a deep knowledge of the community, a track record of service, and proven experience at problem-solving. I regret that I will not have the opportunity to serve as your mayor of Evanston to help preserve what we cherish while building a better future. However, for a while, I will leave this site up as an archive of ideas for that.

This campaign began with 8 initial points:

The Issues tab on this site added additional substance.

I thank each and every person who took a yard sign, knocked on doors for a block, helped inform my knowledge of issues, or just gave an encouraging word. I hope you will stay in touch and retain faith in the power of ideas, the value of facts, and the belief that even one person -- you -- can make a difference.



Monday, April 3, 2017 12:25 PM

Endorsement of Mark Tendam for Mayor

Jeff Smith's Mar. 23, 2017 endorsement of Mark Tendam for mayor in the April 4, 2017 runoff election.


Full text as follows:

"One of two candidates on the April 4 ballot will be the next mayor of Evanston. I plan to vote for Mark Tendam and urge my supporters, as well as those who did not vote at all in the unprecedented February primary, to do so. Voters need to come out on April 4 and make a decision that reflects important differences that do exist.

"Experience: Mark Tendam has nearly eight years experience as an elected official, plus additional City committee service beforehand. He is the only candidate I can recall seeing five or ten years ago at City Council or ward meetings. The City of Evanston is an agency with a $300 million budget and many moving parts, and our community is complicated. Both take years to learn, and the mayor and Council remove accountability from decisionmaking if they are unfamiliar with the workings. Mark Tendam's understanding of the dynamics that crafted some of our important City plans and decisions, that residents expect to be honored, is important.

"Leadership: Mark Tendam also has a real record of City leadership, taking positions on controversies that concerned the community, such as the libraries, and forging a majority of Council votes to pass legislation. The mayor of Evanston is not a chief executive in the sense of the mayor of Chicago, but a chief legislator who must work with a diverse group and balance many constituencies' different points of view. Any mayor will face temptations of expediency and pressures of politics; Mark Tendam will not face those as a rookie would.

"The environment was hardly the only issue I ran on but it is a keystone topic that every elected official and candidate must stress when the President is threatening to gut the EPA and our environmental laws. Mark Tendam stood up for aggregating renewable energy in Evanston when it mattered and has been a key vote on other green issues. His opponent, despite running for the better part of a year, still does not mention environmental issues on his website.

"Democracy: Finally, Mark Tendam's campaign has more grassroots authenticity. All his petitions were gathered by Evanston residents, including some veteran organizers, and over 100 by Ald. Tendam himself, including actual door-to-door work. He is not relying on record-breaking spending to purchase community recognition. The role of money in politics is the unacknowledged elephant in the room in this race, and any veteran of the Ab Mikva days has to help show that elephant the door.

"I look forward to seeing Mark Tendam's leadership and experience in the mayor's office."

Monday, February 27, 2017 6:00 PM

Jeff for Evanston YouTube!

Jeff Smith for Evanston haz YouTube channel. No, we're not sure how either. But it haz videoz. Two anyway.

Monday, February 27, 2017 1:16 PM

Campaign Contribution Moratorium

As correctly reported on, we've disabled or hidden the Donate features of this website and removed a money pitch from our final e-mails. We are grateful to all those who have contributed, but in these final 40 hours we want the focus on ideas. Those wanting to contribute: please e-mail 10 Evanston friends and ask them to do the same!

Monday, February 27, 2017 7:29 AM

Jeff Smith Halts Fundaising, Cites Voter Bombardment

Evanston attorney and community leader Jeff Smith, candidate for mayor of Evanston, has deleted the campaign contribution and donation features from his election eve e-mails and has disabled the Contribution button on the front page of the campaign website.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 9:42 PM

Daily NU Debate Excerpts

The Daily Northwestern has put some clips from the mayoral forum online.

©2017 Jeff Smith. Paid for by in-kind contribution to Jeff Smith for Evanston. A copy of our report is or will be on file with, and available for purchase from, the Illinois State Board of Elections.
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