state superintendent candidate used district email to build campaign contact list | Local education
In the second email sent in the afternoon with the subject line “This is legitimate – please do not call my school district to report a strange request”, again from their district public account, she told the recipients that the email is in regards to the state superintendent race, and she didn’t want to email the request for personal addresses to the district.
“Please trust me – more information is coming,” she wrote, before redirecting recipients to her private email address.
According to the Underly campaign, the second email was sent in the afternoon to provide clarification to the first after recipients contacted the Pecatonica School District to ask if the email from the District of Underly had been hacked.
Underly campaign spokeswoman Alanna Conley said the emails were sent to people Underly had met during her career with the aim of collecting private contact information to avoid using school emails during the campaign.
“This is standard practice, to ensure that taxpayer resources are not used and was made specifically to comply with state laws regarding the use of public email – she literally says, don’t m ‘don’t write at work, only talk to me on my personal email,’ said Conley, contrasting Underly’s use of his district email with Kerr’s use of hers to solicit clients for his private business.
“Deb has used her email on a number of occasions to do private, for-profit work on taxpayer time,” Conley said. “Jill Underly was careful not to use the school email for her campaign and to ask her contacts to provide ways for her to contact them outside of school, and in particular not to contact her at school about the campaign. “