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Parents concerned about self-proclaimed 'confederate' running for Parkway school board

Some parents say candidate Jeanie Ames' social media posts qualify as hate speech and should disqualify her from representing the diverse school district.

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. — A mom accused of spreading hate wants a spot on the school board in one of our area's largest districts.

Some parents in the Parkway school district call Jeanie Ames’ social media posts offensive and worry about the direction she'll take the district if she’s elected.

“It’s not what we want,” Parkway mom Samia Sami said.

On her Ames’ now-private Twitter account, she describes herself as a “confederate.”

Screenshots sent to 5 On Your Side by concerned parents show Ames retweeted a call to ban Islam in America. “Let the crusade begin!” it said.

In another tweet, Ames referred to Puerto Rico as “one trailer-lot payment away from being homeless.”

She also referred to Michelle Obama as a giant rat.

But on Ames public, self-authored biography on the Parkway district website, she describes herself as a former teacher and stay-at-home mom. Some fear that doesn’t paint the full picture.

"So I want parents to understand there are candidates, especially Jeanie Ames, who do not stand for what America is, what the Parkway school district is, or what a human being is,” Sami said.

Sami is Muslim, and while she says her concerns aren’t about politics or religion, she does worry what will happen if the district elects a leader that doesn’t embrace students’ diversity.

5 On your Side has tried to contact Ames repeatedly, but she has not responded to our request for comment.

Her husband told us she is one of the most qualified candidates in the race and she is not racist.

We also reached out to the school district, but no one who works there can comment on the controversy. Missouri state law prohibits employees from weighing in on any candidate for school board during the workday.

Here are the minimum requirements to qualify for the race, according to state law:

BOARD MEMBER QUALIFICATIONS

All Board members should have an interest in the welfare and education opportunities of students, a desire to honestly represent the public and the commitment to be a good steward of taxpayer resources. All persons interested in serving on the Parkway C-2 School District Board of Education, whether elected or appointed, will meet all legal requirements for candidates in School Board elections, including the following:

  1. Be citizens of the United States of America. Mo. Const. art. VII, § 8; § 162.291, RSMo.
  2. Be resident taxpayers of the Parkway C-2 School District. A "taxpayer" is an individual who has paid taxes to the state or any subdivision thereof within the immediately preceding 12-month period, or the spouse of such individual. § 162.291, RSMo.
  3. Have resided in Missouri for a minimum of one year immediately preceding their election or appointment. Mo. Const. art. VII, § 8; § 162.291, RSMo.
  4. Be at least 24 years of age. § 162.291, RSMo.
  5. Not be delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes municipal taxes or real property taxes on their place of residence. If an applicant is a pastor present corporate officer of any fee office, that office cannot be delinquent in the payment of any taxes owed the state. § 115.306, RSMo.
  6. Have not been found guilty of nor pled guilty to a felony under the federal laws of the United States of America or to a felony under Missouri law or an offense committed in another state that would be considered a felony in Missouri. § 115.306, RSMo.
  7. Not be registered or required to be registered as a sex offender pursuant to § 162.014, RSMo.
  8. Have filed, or the treasurer of an existing candidate committee has filed, all required campaign disclosure reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission, when applicable, for all previous elections in which they were candidates. § 130.071, RSMo.

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