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District Mistake Keeps School Board Candidate Out Of Race

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Tanya Keith is disappointed. The Des Moines mother of three wanted to serve her community by running for school board. She followed all the instructions on how to do that on the district's website; specifically how and where to collect signatures to get on the ballot. But it turns out those directions were wrong.  "That requirement was misstated. And by the time I turned in my paperwork I didn't have time to correct the mistake that they caused me to make." Keith said.

The district admits the information on it's website was wrong.  "Yeah, it was a stupid mistake that we had on our website and I really feel bad that we had that mistake." district spokesman Phil Roeder said, but added,  "A mistake on the school district website doesn't override state law and what's required of candidates."

The district says Keith should have double checked the information on the district's website with the secretary of state's office to make sure it was accurate.  "We made an error but also candidates need to make sure that they're following and reading what's required of them by state law." Roeder said.

The district has since changed the wording on it's website.  Keith says that's not the way for the district to attract good candidates.  "When you see something spelled out on a website that's the authority on what you're trying to do, you don't go and say like, 'oh I'd better go and double check this." Keith said,  "I came in at the last minute in this race because I care about our schools and to say, well like, you should have double checked. That's a great answer for a career politician but for a mom who's trying to chase after three kids it's not a realistic answer."

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