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Western Pa. school board member censured over racist post loses primary

Written by The Associated Press | May 22, 2019 11:11 AM
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FILE PHOTO: The Peters Township Middle School, in McMurray, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(McMurray) -- A longtime school board member in western Pennsylvania who was censured over a racist Facebook post that was published on his personal page has lost his bid for re-election.

William Merrell was one of six Republican primary candidates seeking nominations for five seats on the board in Peters Township, a school district in Washington County.

His loss Tuesday came one day after the board made its censure decision. Merrell has apologized for his posts, saying that although he has a right to voice his views on different issues he realized they may have caused harm.

Screenshots of several posts started circulating last week on social media. The since-deleted post included a link to a list suggesting what would happen if all African Americans left the U.S. It featured a graphic with a racial slur.

State law had barred the board from removing Merrell.

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