EDUCATION

Texas education board candidate known for conspiracy posts

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2010 file photo, Anthony Bruner and Mary Lou Bruner, right, pray at the start of a meeting of the Texas State Board of Education to discuss Islam and Christianity in textbooks in Austin, Texas. Mary Lou Bruner, a retired Texas schoolteacher who claims President Barack Obama is a gay prostitute is the Republican front-runner in a primary runoff for a seat on the influential state education board. Bruner is back on the ballot Tuesday, May 24, 2016, after nearly clinching the Republican nomination outright in March. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)  AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2010 file photo, Anthony Bruner and Mary Lou Bruner, right, pray at the start of a meeting of the Texas State Board of Education to discuss Islam and Christianity in textbooks in Austin, Texas. Mary Lou Bruner, a retired Texas schoolteacher who claims President Barack Obama is a gay prostitute is the Republican front-runner in a primary runoff for a seat on the influential state education board. Bruner is back on the ballot Tuesday, May 24, 2016, after nearly clinching the Republican nomination outright in March. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT, INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM, MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

A retired Texas schoolteacher who claims President Barack Obama is a gay prostitute is the front-runner in a Republican primary runoff for a seat on the influential state education board.

Mary Lou Bruner is back on the ballot Tuesday after nearly clinching the Republican nomination outright in March. That was despite her lengthy social media history of posting about conspiracy theories, including that Democrats orchestrated John F. Kennedy's assassination.

Her election would be stunning, even given that the 15-member Texas State Board of Education was chaired until 2011 by a creationist who tried weakening evolution lessons in science classes. The board more recently fought over whether textbooks contain anti-American biases.

Bruner has said she wasn't intending to run for office when she posted her beliefs on Facebook.