April 17, 2014 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Gay man running for Arlington school board
Greg Greeley, Arlington school board, gay news, Washington Blade

Greg Greeley is a single father of two adopted boys and has been active in school-related activities in Arlington for more than 10 years. (Photo courtesy of the Greeley campaign)

Gay former Air Force Capt. Greg Greeley is running for a seat on the Arlington County School Board that’s being vacated by retiring incumbent Sally Baird.

Baird, who has endorsed Greeley, became Virginia’s first out lesbian elected official when she first won election to the school board post in 2006.

Greeley is a single father of two adopted boys and has been active in school-related activities in Arlington for more than 10 years, according to his campaign website. Among other things, he has served as treasurer of the Randolph Elementary School PTA, served as vice chair for a Northern Virginia education advisory council and is a former president and board member of SMYAL.

Since being honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1991, Greeley has worked in senior management positions in the private sector in the areas of finance, healthcare, and information technologies, his website says. He currently works as a federal government contractor and project manager with a specialty in facilities management.

Greeley is competing with two other candidates – Barbara Kanninen and Nancy Van Doren – for the Arlington Democratic Committee’s endorsement for the school board seat. Endorsement caucuses in which registered Democrats can vote are scheduled for Thursday, May 15, from 7-9 p.m., at Drew Middle School; and Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Washington-Lee High School.

Under Virginia law, school board seats are nonpartisan positions, but the law allows political parties to endorse school board candidates. Greeley told the Blade that traditionally the Democratic candidates who don’t receive their party endorsement drop out of the race, even though they are not required to do so under the election law.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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  • There is no such thing as a registered Democrat in Virginia. There is no party registration. Any registered voter in Arlington can vote in the caucus. You will be asked to sign a non enforceable pledge to support the Democratic ticket.

    Also, caucus is something of a misnomer. There is no actual meeting. It is more like any other secret ballot election. You go in, sign up, vote and leave. It is quick and painless. Hopefully Blade readers will take the time to vote as the nomination caucus is actually more crucial than the general election.

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