First Ward Meetings 


Join Clare and Fellow Ward-Onederful Residents
Every Third Thursday.


First Ward meetings will be held on the third Thursday of every month.
Location will alternate between Noyes Cultural Arts Center and Evanston Public Library.


Next Meeting 


Tuesday, June 29, 4:00-6:00
Cocktails with Clare


Vinick Wine Co.
1509 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201


Thursday, July 10th, 9:00-11:00 AM
Coffee with Clare
Location TBA 




Thursday, July 15, 7:00 


Noyes Cultural Arts Center


Updates will be posted here.
For questions, contact Clare at


Cell: 224 612-2008











We Did It!

What made this First Ward campaign special was that it was a community effort in the best and truest sense. Residents from every corner of our ward, from all walks of life, of all ages, worked together, creating a wonderful energy, to deliver this win. A true cross-section of Evanston rolled up their sleeves and pushed this campaign across the finish line. The inclusiveness and diversity inspires me and reinforces my commitment to serve the needs of all First Ward residents, regardless of which box someone checked.

Evanston has a long history of leading some of our nation’s most important conversations. When we are at our best, we’ve been a beacon of progress and humanity. This First Ward win is about those values and about that commitment and the desire to be even better.

And while I’m honored to have been chosen to advance that commitment on behalf of Evanston’s First Ward, this win represents a team effort. I’m thankful for a campaign team that was essential in delivering this win. Our hard working, brilliant, and committed campaign team tackled this effort with unrelenting alacrity and optimism.

I’m so grateful to the many individuals and small businesses who donated money, to those who put up yard signs, wore masks, hosted meet-and-greets, took the time to study and understand the issues and possible solutions, and then phone-banked and knocked on doors.

I’m grateful for the words of encouragement from the strangers who didn’t know me, but supported our cause.

I’m grateful to the many community leaders and organizations that endorsed my campaign including the Democratic Party of Evanston and the Evanston Fire Fighters who provided boots-on-the-ground support, and to my family members and dear friends who stayed tightly connected to support my campaign every inch of the way, and particularly my brothers, Mike and Max, who provided their stellar expert artistic skills, and my sons, Nico and Gus, who canvased and constantly and enthusiastically checked in on the campaign.

And, most of all, I’m humbled and grateful to the voters of the First Ward…who put their trust in me to represent their voices in defining Evanston’s values…priorities…investments…and future.

Every vote, every ounce of support was indispensable in this campaign.

I couldn’t be prouder to represent our community.

I’m so excited about what’s ahead, I’m honored to have had all your support, and I’m eager to get to work.

Thank you!


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.

Clare Kelly