Missoula school board candidate withdraws from election following allegations of abuse

Skylar Rispens

A Milltown resident announced that they are withdrawing their candidacy to serve as a Missoula County School Board trustee just six days after filing, following allegations of rape and violence.

Nevin Graves launched their campaign last Monday and their filing was verified by the county election office the following day. Graves was still listed as a candidate on the Missoula County filings online as of Tuesday afternoon.

“I had the support of people I trust and admire, and I announced with hope and excitement for the chance to serve my community,” Graves wrote in a statement on Monday regarding their withdrawal.

Shortly after Graves announced their campaign for school board, Everett Johns, a current student at the University of Montana’s Alexander Blewett III School of Law, took to Facebook and made allegations against Graves of grooming, rape and other forms relationship abuse.

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On Monday, Graves responded to Johns’ allegations saying that they “vehemently deny” them, while also announcing they would be withdrawing from the election.

Johns first met Graves when he was 11 years old in seventh grade, according to his Facebook post, and they began dating three years

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