Evanston Mayoral Debate Participant Clearly Elizabeth Tisdahl in Mediocre Disguise
As participants in Evanston’s mayoral debate settled into their seats in Northwestern University's Fisk Hall last Tuesday evening, an air of confusion hung over the room as a disguised Elizabeth Tisdahl, current Evanston mayor, ascended the stage and sat down at the debaters’ table. Tisdahl, mayor of Evanston since 2009, stated last July that she would not be seeking reelection.
In front of Tisdahl sat a desk tag with the name “Steve Hagerty” written on it; it is at this point unclear whether she took Hagerty’s place on stage or if the name is made up altogether. Evidence points to complete fabrication—according to Evanston’s public records, there is no Evanston resident with the name Steve Hagerty.
In addressing the questions posed by the moderators, many of Tisdahl’s statements and promises were, for the most part, consistent with the current mayoral administration’s goals. Many of her responses she concluded with the exclamation, “That is what I, Steve Hagerty, believe!”
Tisdahl also made an attempt to disguise her voice, with one audience member describing it as “deep, booming, and fake-sounding.”
Multiple attendees to the reported seeing Tisdahl’s face turn blood red as candidate Jeffrey Smith tried to appeal to Northwestern students in the audience. Viewers sitting in the front row could hear her grinding her teeth as Smith recounted his fond memories of sitting on the Lakefill and studying in Deering Meadow as an NU student.
Neither the hosts of the debate, The Daily Northwestern and the Northwestern University Political Union, nor Evanston’s Office of the Mayor were available for comment.