"She feels the need to be more involved in the political process," Missouri Constitution Party Chairwoman Donna Ivanovich said. "She's very organized and she wants to provide information to people."
Neely grew up in St. Louis, where she was friends with Ivanovich during their years together at Lindbergh High School.
Neely was unavailable for comment. Questions about her candidacy were directed to Ivanovich.
Ivanovich said she remembers that while her and Neely had always shared similar values, Neely supported the Republican Party.
"She finally found out all the things I was telling her were true," Ivanovich said.
Neely stated on her website that she joined the Constitution Party because it enforces all of the government's laws.
"What chaos we would have in our country if all of us decided to pick and choose which laws we will abide by," she said. "I want my children and grandchildren to be safe. Without safety first, nothing else matters."
Neely, a resident of Cedar Creek, is married with four sons and four grandchildren. She works as a homemaker and likes to fish and watch Cardinals games in her free time.
Ivanovich said she and Neely had shared many fun experiences together, but the most memorable experience was when Neely's father and her own father were hospitalized at the same time.
"We were racing from one wing of the hospital to another," she said.
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