Delaware News

Write-in changes mind, leaving board race unopposed


The race for three seats on the Delaware school board went from unopposed to opposed and back to unopposed in the span of a few weeks.

Brandon Feller, who filed late last month as a write-in candidate, said he has decided not to run in the November election.

That leaves three candidates for the three open seats on the board. Two current board members, Deb Rafeld and Frances O'Flaherty, will retain their seats.

Current board member Harry Pape has decided not to run; candidate Jayna McDaniel-Browning will take his place on the board.

Feller said he filed as a write-in candidate after he heard that parts of McDaniel-Browning's petition was rejected due to a technicality.

"I saw there were three open seats and possibly only two people running and thought someone needs to step up, so I wrote in," he said.

However, McDaniel-Browning's appeal was granted, so Feller decided not to campaign for the open seat.

"When I saw that she was put on the ballot, I didn't see the need to continue to run," Feller said. "There are three good candidates running and I don't feel that I need to as well."

Feller, a Delaware resident with two children, currently serves as president of the United Way of Delaware County. He worked for the American Red Cross for seven years as a chapter executive director.

Feller also has been a part of the advisory group that meets with Superintendent Paul Craft to offer input about district decisions.

"The Delaware City School District is something I care about and want to see succeed, as a parent and community member," he said. "I will continue to be involved in other ways in the district."