Edward "Smitty" Smith, who recently ran for Attorney General of Washington, DC, was the 8th grade's Monthly Constitutional speaker last Friday.
Smitty worked in Philadelphia on President Obama's 2008 campaign and served in the administration from 2009 to 2014, when he decided to make his first run for elective office. Since losing his race (he came in second) - one of the topics he and our students discussed - he has joined the cabinet of DC mayor Muriel Bowser. Smitty is director of the district's Justice Grants Administration and the Office of VIctim Services.
Smitty's conversation with students centered on issues of juvenile justice and the rewards of public service. (Smitty also took some time to extol the study of Latin!) Students will meet with him again in April, during the 8th grade's two-day visit to Washington. He will join a panel of Obama administration staffers and interns for a discussion at the White House Conference Center.