Meet Clare

A lifelong Evanston resident and ETHS teacher for 30 years, Clare has a proven record of leadership, collaboration, and fighting for government accountability, transparency, and social justice.

 Clare has always been committed to the ideals of equity, justice, democracy, and transparency in government. She has led successful grassroots campaigns that have benefited the Evanston community. Clare is an inspiring organizer whose effective strategizing and collaboration had a big impact on change at local, state and national levels.

Growing up in the First Ward , Clare has deep roots in Evanston dating back to her great, great grandfather who graduated with Northwestern University’s first class in 1859. Her two children, Nico and Gus, went through Evanston’s public schools and graduated from Vanderbilt and NU, respectively. She has two brothers, Mike and Max. Clare teaches Spanish at ETHS and is an Illinois Virtual Instructional Coach and a Spanish language debate coach. She has an MA in Spanish Linguistics and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Clare will retire next year in order to fully dedicate her time to the needs of the First Ward and the City of Evanston.

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What They’re Saying

Rachel O’Konis Ruttenberg

President, Democratic Party of Evanston

Clare is a strong, persistent, and progressive advocate for the people of Evanston. She leads with hard work and passion, and she is laser-focused on making Evanston work better for everyone.

Amy Morton

Owner, Found Kitchen and The Barn Steakhouse

Clare Kelly has proven to have the drive, enterprise and industriousness that is needed — now, more than ever — to take on the challenges of restoring and strengthening Evanston’s downtown…. In the 8 years Found has been open, Alderman Fiske has not once reached out to see how things were going or if there was anything we might need.

Bennet Johnson

Long time civil-rights activist, Harold Washington advisor, past Evanston NAACP President, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. liaison

Clare has shown a lifelong commitment to equity and social justice in Evanston and does not hesitate to speak out for what is equitable and just. Evanston needs Clare’s integrity and community advocacy. I look forward to her leadership on the City Council.

Kady McFadden

Deputy Director, Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter

Clare Kelly will be a leader in protecting Evanston’s health and environment. She led the successful campaign to close Evanston Hospital’s waste incinerator, which burned plastics and medical waste in our neighborhood. Her approach became the model for a new state law prohibiting hospitals from burning medical waste in Illinois. she will help Evanston take the necessary steps reduce our carbon pollution and keep our city clean while protecting environmental justice.


Evanston Fire Fighters

Union Local 743

Clare Kelly is a long time Evanston resident and activist. She is in touch with the needs and people of the 1st Ward and has been for years. She will bring ideas and another perspective to the City Council. Clare will do good things not only for the citizens of the 1st Ward, but for the citizens of Evanston.

Cam Davis

Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

A healthy democracy requires a healthy dose of citizens who are willing to step into the arena, step out on a limb, and step up. Clare is taking those steps for Evanston.

John Moore

Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council* and First Ward resident

I saw firsthand how Clare Kelly united our community to bring about the closure of a dangerous medical waste incinerator at Evanston Hospital. As alderman she will put the “public” back in public interest in representing the First Ward and the citizens and businesses in Evanston.

*Organization name provided for identification purposes only and not to imply any endorsement by the organization.

K. Sujata

I have known Clare for almost two decades. I admire her passion for preservation and equitable access. I have no doubt that she will bring new ideas and energy to the city council

 Reclaim Evanston

Evanston residents committed to racial, economic, educational, and environmental justice

In the 1st Ward we have endorsed Clare Kelly. Clare is a long-time Evanston resident and ETHS teacher for 30 years. She has been active on a number of local issues in Evanston including organizing a successful campaign to compel Evanston Hospital to close its incinerator, which was polluting air in the northeast section of town. In contrast to her opponent, a multi-term incumbent, Clare has favored greater involvement of residents in deciding public issues.


Today is Last Day for Early Voting

Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center
2100 Ridge Ave., Room G300
Evanston, IL 60201 

April 5
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  

What do you need to Early Vote?
Government-issued photo ID is not required but is helpful if there is a question about the voter’s registration, address or signature. 

It’s Not Too Late to Register!

You can register at early voting site.

You can register to vote at all early voting sites and at your election date polling location. Any voter who needs to register for the first time or file an address change or name change must present two forms of ID, one of which shows the voter’s current address.

Acceptable forms of ID include:
• Illinois driver’s license
• Illinois state ID
• Employee or student ID
• Credit card
• Social security card
• Birth certificate
• Utility bill in applicant’s name
• Mail postmarked to the applicant
• Valid U.S. passport
• Public aid ID card
• Lease or rental contract





Election Day!

Tuesday, April 6.

6am to 7pm

(please note that Evanston Civic Center is NOT 
an election day voting location)

Precinct 1
Alice Millar Chapel
1870 Sheridan Road  

Precinct 2
Jane R. Pearlman Apartments
1900 Sherman Avenue

Precinct 3
Noyes Cultural Arts Center
927 Noyes Street

Precinct 4
Evanston Public Library
1703 Orrington Avenue



Clare Kelly