On August 16, Miss America 2018 Cara Mund released a letter detailing her mistreatment during her year of service. The Miss America Organization responded with a simple post on Instagram. Since then, several State Organizations responded with disappointment in the national leadership.
"The Miss New Jersey Organization originally felt that we did not have enough information from which to base a sound vote on the signing of the petition calling for a change in leadership at the Miss America Organization. We opted instead to focus on trying to prepare our titleholder for competition in September.
This view changed however upon reading the incredibly heartbreaking and disturbing letter from Cara Mund regarding her experience. Therefore, as of this afternoon, the Miss New Jersey Education Foundation Executive Board voted to sign the petition calling for a change in leadership at the National level."