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Gay man running for Arlington school board

Greeley seeks to replace Sally Baird

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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.

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Carlton R. Smith: LGBTQ advocate, ‘mayor’ of Mount Vernon, passes away

‘The Duchess’ died on May 29 in his sleep

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Carlton R. Smith, an LGBTQ advocate, died May 29. He was 61. (Photo courtesy of Carlton R. Smith)

BY JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV | Carlton R. Smith was affectionately called “The Duchess” in a nod to royalty, because of his unofficial role of mayor of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. He was a “walking billboard” for Calvin Klein, with a love for purple, Batman, cooking, house music, Prince, and Diana Ross.

“If you said Duchess, you knew who that was,” said his close friend of 25-years, Carrietta Hiers.

The rest of this article can be found on the Baltimore Banner’s website.

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Moore pardons more than 175,000-plus cannabis-related convictions

Governor signed executive order at State House on Monday

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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore (Public domain photo/Twitter)

BY BRENDA WINTRODE and PAMELA WOOD | Gov. Wes Moore pardoned more than 175,000 cannabis-related convictions Monday, nullifying guilty verdicts decided when carrying small amounts of the drug or paraphernalia was illegal.

The Democratic governor signed an executive order during a State House ceremony, granting clemency to thousands of people convicted in Maryland. The convictions to be pardoned include more than 150,000 misdemeanors for simple possession and more than 18,000 for possession of drug paraphernalia with an intent to use.

The rest of this article can be read on the Baltimore Banner’s website.

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Blade wins multiple journalism awards

Society of Professional Journalists recognizes writing, design work

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The D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored the work of the Washington Blade at its annual Dateline Awards dinner last week.

The Blade took top honors in the weekly newspaper editorial/opinion writing category for a piece by Michael Lavers, the Blade’s international news editor, titled, “Bearing witness to the unimaginable,” which recounted watching raw footage of Hamas’s attack against Israel on Oct. 7.

In it, Lavers wrote, “The Israeli government clearly wants the world to understand the barbarity of what happened on Oct. 7, and that is why it has shown footage of that horrific Saturday to journalists and lawmakers. The footage left me deeply shaken, and perhaps that was the point.”

Washington Blade graphic designer Meaghan Juba won the Dateline Award for front-page design in the weekly newspaper category.

And in the weekly newspaper-features category, the Blade’s Kathi Wolfe was recognized as a finalist for her piece titled, “Meet one of the most powerful disabled people on the planet.”

“These awards reflect our 55-year commitment to journalistic excellence,” said Blade Editor Kevin Naff. “Congratulations to our team for another year of award-winning journalism.”

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