On Monday morning, a Facebook post was published detailing accusations that school board candidate KerryJo Felder physically abused members of her own family while intoxicated. The post was published by Vann Daley, the ex-wife of Felder's husband.
The campaign manager for KerryJo Felder resigned Monday, less than two weeks before the general election on November 8. Felder along with Collin Beachy are endorsed for the two at-large school board seats by the DFL and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59.
KerryJo Felder emailed Southwest Voices this statement Friday morning:
"Recently my bonus-children’s biological mother made a post on social media expressing valid concerns about my behavior this past weekend on an out-of-state trip. I want everyone to know that I am taking this situation very seriously and working to repair harm however I can with everyone involved.
I have already consulted with my doctor about a potential substance abuse issue related to Severe Osteoarthritis throughout my whole body and my use of emergency prescription painkillers I had weaned myself off of earlier this year. I intend to start an intense counseling program with a new mental health professional whose qualifications cover all aspects of this situation.
This is a very stressful time for my whole family. Due to the situation and extended flare-up, I have taken this week off to support my husband. My family and I would like to ask for privacy as we work through this situation. Thank you."
Southwest Voices has reached out to Daley, Felder's former campaign manager Christin Crabtree, Minneapolis DFL Chair Briana Rose Lee, Minnesota DFL Chair Ken Martin, and MFT Local 59 President Greta Callahan for comment.