First Major Endorsement Goes to Scott Simpson!

(LeDroit Park, DC) --  After a thorough analysis of his qualifications and campaign, the Gay and 

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Lesbian Victory Fund has endorsed professional civil rights advocate Scott Simpson for Ward One SBOE! The Victory Fund works to elect LGBT leaders to public office around the country. Since 1991, they have helped elect thousands of LGBT candidates. (Click below for the official announcement from the Victory Fund).

Quote from Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund: “Scott Simpson has been a passionate advocate for District schools and understands the challenges they face. He brings the experience and dedication necessary to help the District of Columbia Public Schools deliver a more quality education that the children deserve.”
Quote from Scott Simpson: "This endorsement is an acknowledgement of my demonstrated commitment to expanding educational opportunities for all students, both with policymakers and in the community. It's also a recognition of our campaign's strength and the broad support we've received from every neighborhood in Ward One - from voters, parents, youth advocates, teachers, and social workers. We're out there working hard every day because our city needs an advocate on the State Board of Education that understands how to advance policies that will advance equality and access for all students, regardless of their identity or life circumstances."  
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RSVP to Your Summer Neighborhood Meet and Greet!

Throughout the summer, parents, educators, school advocates, and civic leaders will be hosting house parties across Ward One in support of Scott Simpson for Ward One Schools. RSVP to your neighborhood event below:

  • Adams Morgan / Kalorama - Thursday, July 24th - Hosted by your neighbors Miasia Johnson, Chuck Fant & Michael Coventry, Christopher Murray, and Christian Teelucksingh & Katja Zastrow. Click here to RSVP.  
  • LeDroit Park / Shaw - Tuesday, July 29th - Hosted by schools advocate Alice Speck, Martín Garcia, vice president for legislative & political affairs of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, Brian Footer, secretary of the LeDroit Park Civic Association, and Donnie Simpson Jr., Owner of Uprising Muffin Company (organizational affiliations noted for identification purposes only). Click here to RSVP.

Thanks to all who attended or supported the Columbia Heights / Park View event on July 16th hosted by Beverley Wheeler, former executive director of the State Board of Education and two neighborhood Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, Patrick Flynn and Morgan Corr. 

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174 Supporters Give Over $17,000 to Scott Simpson for Ward One Schools Campaign

(LeDroit Park, DC) -- On June 10th, the Scott Simpson for Ward One Schools campaign filed its first campaign finance report for the non-partisan November 2014 election. Simpson is a professional civil rights and education advocate who announced his campaign on April 29th for the open seat representing Ward One on DC's State Board of Education. 
"In just the first 6 weeks of this campaign, teachers, parents, school nurses, social workers, civil rights and education advocates have all joined in as donors and volunteers. Our supporters are spread throughout almost every neighborhood in Ward One, from Kalorama and Adams Morgan up through the Georgia Avenue corridor. These donors and supporters understand that having an effective youth and education advocate on the State Board of Education can make a real difference in the lives of DC students. Thanks to them, we have a strong foundation to grow from as we continue to build a broad coalition heading into signature collection and November's election." - Scott Simpson
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The Informer, Metro Weekly, and the Blade Cover Simpson for Schools Announcement

The momentum is building behind the Scott Simpson for Ward One Schools candidacy.  In the week since we've announced, the campaign has received overwhelming support from the community and coverage in several news outlets.

The Washington Informer published "Simpson Running for Ward 1 Board of Education Seat" and Metro Weekly published "Simpson To Run for State Board of Ed" which quoted former executive director of the State Board of Education, longtime Ward One civic activist, and the Simpson for Schools campaign chair, Beverley Wheeler, saying “Scott is exactly the advocate our city needs on the State Board of Education. He has energy, vision, and substance. He genuinely cares about improving neighborhood schools and understands the role of the SBOE.” 

Earlier in the week, the Washington Blade broke the story, quoting civil and human rights leader Wade Henderson saying that Scott has the “the substance, skills and vision to help our schools meet their challenge of providing a quality education to every student.”

It's been a big week and the campaign is moving forward to improve schools for every family in Ward One.

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Washington Blade: Simpson "wants to put his more than 10 years of experience on education and youth issues to work for the city’s schools."

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The Washington Blade covered the announcement of Simpson's campaign, noting that Simpson "wants to put his more than 10 years of experience on education and youth issues to work for the city’s schools."

The article, written by Lou Chibbaro, quoted esteemed civil rights advocate Wade Henderson saying that Simpson has "proven to have the substance, skills and vision to help our schools meet their challenge of providing a quality education to every student.” 

It also noted several endorsers of Simpson, saying that "Beverly Wheeler, former executive director of the State Board of Education and a longtime Ward 1 civic activist, is serving as chair of Simpson’s campaign committee. Others who have endorsed Simpson include David Mariner, executive director of the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community; and Todd Peterson, former SMYAL Board chair."

Click here to read the story.

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Youth and Education Advocate Enters Ward One State Board of Education Race

LeDROIT PARK -- Today, longtime Ward One resident and professional youth and education advocate Scott Simpson became the first person to declare his candidacy for the upcoming vacancy representing Ward One on D.C.'s State Board of Education SimpsonWardOneSchools1.jpg(SBOE).

"Ward One families deserve a strong advocate on the State Board of Education who's rooted in the community and understands how education policy choices impact students in the classroom," said Simpson.  "Throughout my career and for over a decade in D.C., I've been committed to expanding educational opportunities for all students. I'm ready to put those skills to work on behalf of Ward One families on the State Board of Education."

Simpson began his career working directly with students at a local youth center called SMYAL where he advocated for and with LGBT students to overcome the obstacles they faced without being fully supported at home, in school, or in the community. He now advocates for a range of education policies that improve the lives of students across the country at the nation’s largest civil rights coalition, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

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