The field of candidates seeking three seats on the Evanston Township High School board has shrunk from seven to five.

Incumbent R. Scott Rochelle and challenger Andrea Mainelli have informed county election officials that they’re withdrawing from the race.

Mainelli, an education consultant, in an email message to Evanston Now, said she’d decided rather quickly last fall to enter the race and decided after more reflection that she couldn’t serve now because of professional and other time commitments.

But she said she remains “deeply committed to helping both Evanston school districts as an involved citizen” and hasn’t ruled out running for the board in the future.

Rochelle, an attorney who is general counsel for the National Basketball Retired Players Association, didn’t immediately respond to an email message about the status of his campaign. He is completing his first four-year term on the board after winning election in 2011.

The withdrawals leave incumbents Jonathan Baum and Mark Metz and challengers Adrian Dortch, Monique Parsons and Anne Sills still in the race.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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