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Election

Tight Downers Grove District 99 Board of Education race decided by 4.5 percentage points

Downers Grove District 99 incumbent board member, Teresa Pavesich, talks with voters during the Candidate Open House for School Board Candidates for District 58, District 68, and District 99 at the Lincoln Center Park District Building on Saturday, March 25th. Pavesich received the highest vote total of any of the five candidates for the board during the April 4 election en route to another term on the governing body.
Downers Grove District 99 incumbent board member, Teresa Pavesich, talks with voters during the Candidate Open House for School Board Candidates for District 58, District 68, and District 99 at the Lincoln Center Park District Building on Saturday, March 25th. Pavesich received the highest vote total of any of the five candidates for the board during the April 4 election en route to another term on the governing body.

DOWNERS GROVE – The Community High School District 99 Board of Education race for four spots between five candidates was decided by only a few percentage points, installing two new board members with two incumbents holding on to their seats, according to preliminary results from the DuPage County Election Commission.

Incumbents Terry Pavesich and Rick Pavinato both reclaimed their seats on the board with approximately 22 percent and 19 percent of the total votes during the April 4 election.

"Our goal has always been to provide our students with useful programs within revenue stream," Pavesich wrote in her Suburban Life candidate questionnaire. "We have succeed in that and I would like to continue to provide these programs so that students can succeed in life."

Neck and neck with the two board veterans were Sherrell Fuller (21 percent) and Daniel Nicholas (20.8 percent), with Joseph G. Clifford trailing a few percentage points behind at 17.2 percent.

Clifford's 5071 votes were only approximately 536 votes behind Pavinato's total and 1409 off of Pavesich.

Fuller and Nicholas will be taking the seats of Julia Beckman and Deborah Boyle, both of whom were not included on the April 4 ballot.

"I decided to run for Downers Grove District 99 school board because I care about Downers Grove and public education," Fuller wrote in the questionnaire. "I am committed to working hard to continue to provide high quality education for District 99 schools. I also understand that schools play an integral role when families choose their neighborhoods. Therefore, District 99 education is important for many reasons."

To view the preliminary results, visit dupageco.org/election and check mysuburbanlife.com/election/2017 for all of Suburban Life's election coverage.

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