Evanston/Skokie District 65 Board President Sunith Kartha says the board’s attorneys will review possible board policy and state law violations in connection with campaign emails.
Mary Rita Luecke, a former District 65 board member, has accused the campaign manager for a current member, Candance Chow, of promoting Chow's campaign using district email accounts.
Both women are candidates in the Democratic primary for the 17th District state house seat.
In a statement made at Monday's District 65 board meeting, Kartha said an initial review of district emails “uncovered multiple emalls from a board member, both from district and campaign accounts, as well as from campaign representatives to and from district employees at their district email addresses, some of which alluded to campaign work being discussed or requested during work hours.”
“This raises concerns about violations by both the board member and district employees of board policy and state ethics laws,” she added.
“It is our ethical duty to our community and under the law to investigate and hold ourselves and the district’s employees accountable for any violations of our own policy,” she said.
All board members and employees have been reminded about appropriate requirements and restrictions, she added, while the board’s attorneys conduct a review to determine the extent to which board policy and state statues were violated.
The results of the investigation, she said, will be provided to the superintendent and the board.
Update 4:40 p.m.: Chow's campaign manager, Gabe Frankel, issued a statement this afternoon saying, “We made an honest mistake when contacting a
few of our volunteers. We have scrubbed our data, improved our processes, and are making every attempt to ensure this will not happen again.”
Chow supporter and former D65 board president Tracy Quattrocki added, “I’ve worked with Candance for many years and have found her to be full of integrity. I’ve seen how hard everyone is working on her behalf, and I’m sure that the mistakes were unintentional.”