Wife’s racist tweets about VP-elect Harris spur Northern California official to resign

Kamala Harris
Sen. Kamala Harris, the vice president-elect
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A school board president in the Bay Area has resigned after his wife’s racist comments about Vice President-elect Kamala Harris raised an outcry.

Jon Venverloh said over the weekend that he was stepping down from his position with the Las Lomitas Elementary School District in Menlo Park.

His wife, Mehridith Philips Venverloh, tweeted Sunday in response to comments about Harris’ qualifications that “all she needs to be qualified is a black [crude term for female genitalia]! No brain needed!” She also posted several other crude remarks, prompting dozens of parents to demand her husband’s resignation.


In announcing his resignation, Venverloh said he didn’t agree with his wife’s “reprehensible views,” but, given her posts, “I know that my continued service would be a distraction from the work that needs to be done.”

Venverloh, a former Google executive, was elected to the school board in 2018 and had two years left in his term.

Mehridith Philips Venderloh, a supporter of President Trump, apologized in another post, saying her vulgar words were written “in a moment of disappointment.”

“I am deeply sorry and ashamed,” she said, adding that she has been taking medications for a “debilitating neurological disease” but had been weaning herself off them in preparation for a scheduled hospitalization.

“I believe that the change in medication reduced my judgment between right and wrong when I made the posts,” she said.

Other board members of the school district, which includes a middle school in Menlo Park and an Atherton elementary school, condemned the remarks as “racially based and gender-based hatred.”