Louis Tortora, a candidate running for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education, withdrew himself from consideration on Saturday after the public discovered records of donations he made to President Donald Trump's campaign.
Tortora described himself as “a dad, former teacher, executive and volunteer” when announcing his campaign for office on Facebook. He also outlined his intentions to describe a plan that would improve student performance, close the achievement gap, recruit and retain the best teachers and maintain safe and healthy facilities.
Tortora hasn’t explicitly confirmed that the donations — which totaled $650 between 2016 and 2019 — were his, but the donations are attributed to the name Louis Tortora in the state of North Carolina in the Federal Election Commission database.
“Unfortunately, some in our district feel that donating to a political candidate that doesn’t align with their views is akin to a scandal, and the negative conversation surrounding this is distracting all of us from the kids I aim to serve,” Tortora wrote in a Facebook post.
He continued, saying he has no political affiliation with Trump, and he doesn't support his policies, his effect on public education or his treatment of people.