May 27, 2014 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
2nd gay candidate enters Ward 1 school board race
David Do, gay news, Washington Blade

David Do (Photo courtesy of the David Do Campaign)

David Do, a former D.C. government official and current graduate student and teaching assistant at the University of Maryland, filed papers on May 16 to become a candidate for the Ward 1 seat on the D.C. State Board of Education.

He becomes the second gay candidate competing for the seat. In April, LGBT rights and education advocate Scott Simpson entered the race. Gay D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), who lost his re-election bid in the city’s April 1 primary, has said he is also considering running for the seat.

Prior to enrolling in graduate school, where he is studying urban planning, Do served as a correspondence management specialist in the mayor’s Correspondence Unit under Mayors Adrian Fenty and Vincent Gray.

“David is a community organizer and educator,” a statement on his campaign website says. “He knows children need proper education to succeed and that there needs to be an achievable standard set for our schools.”

The statement notes that as a former public school student and child of a family that came to the U.S. as Vietnam War refugees, Do, who learned English as a second language, experienced first-hand the struggles and stigma faced by immigrant youth.

He will put this experience to good use helping to improve educational programs for D.C.’s public schools, the statement says.

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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