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School board president Don Reeves forgot about the 1994 Hatch Act reforms when he quietly filed in September to run for mayor. Now Reeves faces the choice of quitting the race before it even begins or giving up the Ward 3 school board seat he won last November.

“No one at the Office of Campaign Finance told me I’d have to give up my seat,” Reeves said when asked this week which he would abandon. “I’ll ask again.”

Irritated by pols using their school board posts as stepping stones to the council while D.C. schools declined to rank among the worst in the nation, Congress three years ago changed the Hatch Act to include D.C. school board members among the federal workers banned from partisan political campaigns.

Reeves can always follow the Terry Hairston model. Ward 7 school board member Hairston defied the law last year and continued his futile campaign for an at-large council seat. And the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which enforces the Hatch Act, looked the other way.CP

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