ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - Following extensive 10 On Your Side and WAVY.com coverage, an embattled Isle of Wight County school board member will not seek re-election.
School Board member Herb De Groft has withdrawn his name from the November ballot for re-election, the Isle of Wight County Voter Registrar told WAVY.com Tuesday.
"Please accept this as your official notification as to my withdrawing as a candidate for the Hardy District School Board position on the Nov. 5 ballot," De Groft wrote to the registrar.
De Groft came under fire after he emailed jokes considered racist against First Lady Michelle Obama.
"Tina Hill and Alvin Wilson are two quality citizens, and I think either one will do a great job," De Groft told WAVY.com, speaking of the others on the ballot. "I look forward to helping either one with a smooth transition."
When asked what role the racist joke controversy played, De Groft said, "You don't need to...there is no reason to resurrect the hurt. It's the best thing to do."
De Groft has not resigned, therefore a petition for recall continues.
Stay with WAVY News online and on-air for more on this developing story.
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