Gary Saake announced Friday he is ending his campaign for state representative in the 42nd District.
He wrote in a press release, "It is with great regret that I am, today, ending my campaign for state representative.
When I entered this race, I spoke of how blessed I have been in my life with my family, my business, and being able to serve my community. Those are the things that are important to me, and always will be. It is because of my sense of commitment to these current responsibilities that I find myself here today.
They say, in politics, that you find out who your true friends are when you run for office, and I can attest to that. Whether it was a public endorsement, or simply a kind and encouraging word at the right time, I want to say a special thank you to friends, new and old, who stood by my side from the very beginning, and continue to do so today. I could not ask for better friends and family.
I have thoroughly enjoyed walking door to door over the past several weeks, meeting the residents of the 42nd District, and discussing issues of interest. Thank you for opening your doors to me.
I wish the best to the candidates that will be filing their petitions in just 18 short days. One of you will be representing me, as well as the other 108,734 residents of the 42nd District. I will be watching how you conduct yourselves throughout the course of this race, and trust it will be one of positive, and competing philosophies, ideas, and qualifications. The people of the 42nd, DuPage County, and Illinois deserve no less.
Thank you again for all your support."