North Dakota House candidate charged with punching boyfriend, ripping hair

Photo by: Kaitlyn Huss - Facebook
Photo by: Kaitlyn Huss - Facebook

(Valley City, ND) -- A Democratic-NPL candidate for the North Dakota House has been released from custody, but faces assault charges.

Authorities say 33-year-old Kaitlyn Huss allegedly punched her boyfriend and ripped out some of his hair over the weekend.

Huss is charged with misdemeanor assault in the incident, which happened Friday at Boomer's Corner Keg in Valley City. She was booked into the Barnes County Jail and released on bond.

The District 24 candidate took to social media, providing a statement after the incident withdrawing from the upcoming November election. You can read her statement below.

"I want to thank everyone who has stood with me during my campaign, who supported me, believed in me, and who continue to believe in me. The issues that we’ve raised and the policies I’ve pursued and spoken about are important, and I’m so proud of all we’ve accomplished in the past eight months.

Yesterday I was involved in an incident that I deeply regret. I behaved in a manner unbefitting of my position as a candidate and unbecoming of my own personal standards for myself. I intend to take full responsibility for my actions - and I am starting with this message.

I am withdrawing myself from the race for District 24 representative. While I will remain on the ballot, I do not believe I have represented my party or my community to the standards which you deserve. I encourage you all to vote with your hearts, and chose one of the other three candidates.

This campaign has been an incredible experience. I am grateful to everyone who has supported me, and to the District 24 Democrats for believing in me enough to endorse me and stand with me throughout. Lastly I would like to thank my family without whom none of this would have been possible."