Donna Pike

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Donna J. Pike is a member of the Jefferson County Board of Education.

Pike attended Jefferson State Community College. Before retiring, she worked at Regions Bank and as a bus driver for Jefferson County Schools.

Pike ran unsuccessfully for Irondale City Council District 5 in 2008. She defeated District 2 incumbent Bob Saunders in the 2012 election. She was subsequently named president pro tem.

Pike was one of three Republicans who campaigned for the school board seat left vacant by Jennifer Parsons' decision not to run. She advanced to a runoff with Ronnie Dixon, where she edged him out by only 15 votes. She was unopposed in the 2016 general election.

In a June 12, 2018 meeting of the Board of Education, activist Carlos Chaverst confronted Pike over posts she had shared on Facebook spreading false accusations against Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett and expressing support for Roseanne Barr following the cancellation of her ABC sitcom over racist public statements. Chaverst told the board that Pike was a "staunch racist." Pike acknowledged sharing the posts and refused to apologize for them, but did later delete them from her account.

Pike's husband, Tim is also a former school bus driver. They have two children, Tim Jr and LaDonna.

References

  • Crain, Trisha Powell (June 13, 2018) "Activist: Jefferson County school board member's social media posts racist." The Birmingham News