Despite announcing on March 25 that he had suspended his run for one of four seats on River Forest’s elementary school District 90 board, Scott Hall’s name remained on the ballot, and he received the third highest number of votes out of the five candidates.
Katie Avalos (1,769 votes, 23.8 percent) took the lead in the race, followed by Stacey Williams (1,710 votes, 23 percent). Hall (1,478 votes, 19.9 percent) narrowly led Nicole Thompson (1,456 votes, 19.6 percent). Newcomer Sarah Eckmann received 1,032 votes or 13.6 percent.
It is unclear if Hall can or will choose to serve on the school board. Wednesday Journal reached out to him on April 6 and is awaiting a response.
D90 Communication Director Dawne Simmons told Wednesday Journal on April 7 that the district never received official notice of Hall’s withdrawal from the race, and it is the district’s understanding that the situation will be handled by the Cook County Clerk’s office.
Wednesday Journal is awaiting a response from the Cook County Clerk’s office about Hall’s status.
When Hall announced his departure from the race, he said he was withdrawing after he and his family were harassed. Subsequently he resigned a volunteer role in the schools after allegations arose that he had misused a parent database in his campaign.
His announcement that he was leaving the race seemingly left four candidates running for four spots: newcomer Eckmann and incumbents Avalos, Thompson and Williams.
Four of the five candidates on the ballot will join incumbents Cal Davis, Rich Moore and Barb Hickey, whose terms expire in 2023, on the school board.