Latest candidate withdrawal leaves District 99 school board race uncontested

DOWNERS GROVE — The District 99 school board race is now noncompetitive heading into the April 9 election after Martin Gorski became the third candidate to drop out of the race.

In a brief statement emailed to reporters on Thursday evening, Gorski cited personal reasons for his withdrawal.

"I continue to believe that the Illinois school system needs better financial monitoring and internal controls and plan on continuing my efforts to inform the local school boards and the general public about the potential problems in this area," he said in the statement.

Unlike Henry Jakobsze, who withdrew last week, Gorski did not endorse another candidate in the race.

Gorski's withdrawal leaves four candidates running for four seats on the board — incumbents Debbie Boyle, Terry Pavesich, Julia Beckman and newcomer Rick Pavinato.

The open seat belongs to board president Bill White, who was the first candidate to withdraw from the race. He said he filed to run for re-election early on when it was not clear there would be a full field of candidates.