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Muslim Community Celebrates Parkway’s First
St. Louis, MO - On December 11 around 8 AM, after waiting 2 and a half hours in the early morning frost, Farida Ahsan became the first Pakistani-American to file her candidacy for one of the 2 open seats on the Parkway School Board. Farida is a Parkway mom, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Gundaker and a Pakistani-American Muslim who lives in West County.
There are several thousand Muslims that live within the district and hundreds of Muslim students attend Parkway schools. Yet, this group has never really had or sought direct representation at this level.
Muslims for a Better America, which was involved in the 2018 Parkway School Board race, seeks to educate the Muslim community on the importance of local levels of government. Executive Director Saad Amir stated, “I think the last Parkway election really highlighted to our community the importance of local government, and especially the school board. The fact that just a few months after an election that unfortunately revolved around Islamophobia a Muslim has decided to actually walk the walk and put in the work – it’s an incredible feeling.”
With Farida’s candidacy, MBA is excited about one of the first steps the local Muslim community is taking to get more involved with the civic process. If elected, she would be the highest-ranking Pakistani-American voted into office in the state of Missouri. As of 12/18/2018, Sam Sciortino, the current Vice President of the School Board, has filed for reelection.
Muslims for a Better America is a St. Louis based, 501 (c) (3) organization started in February of 2018 and does not endorse candidates. MBA was created to cultivate a deeper sense of civic duty within the Missouri Muslim community and to develop more access to representation. These goals are accomplished through our efforts on voter registration, voter/non-voter contact, civic education and civic engagement.