Supreme Court Ruling Puts Jamilah Nasheed Back on Ballot [Updated]
Update June 20 -- Mayor Slay has officially endorsed Nasheed for the fifth district senate seat. The mayor tweeted earlier this afternoon: "STL needs her energy in Jeff City."
Jennifer Silverberg Nasheed
Jamilah Nasheed's plan for world domination can continue, thanks to the Missouri Supreme Court, which ruled yesterday that Nasheed's name should be allowed back on the Democratic primary ballot.
The controversial and outspoken state representative had planned to run for state senate in the fifth district, which encompasses the eastern part of St. Louis City -- until her opponent, the incumbent Robin Wright-Jones, claimed that Nasheed did not meet the residency requirements.
In the wake of the 2010 census, the boundaries of the fifth district have been redrawn to take in part of the fourth district, but not the part of the fourth district where Nasheed happens to live. Wright-Jones filed a petition with the St. Louis Circuit Court to have Nasheed declared ineligible to appear on the Democratic primary ballot. The court ruled in Wright-Jones's favor. Naturally, Nasheed appealed to the Supreme Court.
In yesterday's ruling, the high court claimed that the residency requirements, as described in the state constitution, were ambiguous enough that Nasheed was still qualified to appear on the ballot for the fifth district. (If you've got a lot of spare time today, go ahead and read the entire ruling.)
Nasheed felt vindicated by the ruling, she told St. Louis Public Radio, since it proved that Wright-Jones, in her willingness to waste time on technicalities, was an ineffective leader.
"I think at the end of the day the constituents here in the 5th Senate District will understand how important it is to have someone in the Senate that's going to represent this city and fight in the best interest of the city," she said.
Wright-Jones's attorney, naturally, complained that the Supreme Court ruling was a political decision without precedent.
Election Day is August 7. Let the good times roll.