Radical Republican running for school board in Bethlehem
Massarah Mikati reports for the Times Union that Democrats in Bethlehem, in Albany County, are warning voters about Doug Lloyd, who is running for one of two open seats on the Board of Education there with a history of radical social media posts. Lloyd claims, “My platform is based around non-partisan ideas that we should all be able to agree on,” but his social media posts include untrue conspiracy theories. He shared a story about a study on COVID-19 vaccines and menstrual cycles and commented above it, "Tell me again how this isn't an experiment." He also posted a meme of a photo of Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of having sex with children, saying, “Don’t leave me hanging this Valentine’s Day." The Bethlehem Democratic Committee wrote its own social media post about the candidate: "We don’t want (Lloyd) anywhere near our children." Lloyd repeatedly has talked about COVID-19 conspiracies, which have not been proven, and transexual atheletes, which he opposes. "I'm also concerned about women's sports as trans women are dominating due to their biological advantages." he told the Times Union. Bethlehem's Republican committee is backing Lloyd. "We share his concerns with the current board's judgment, and their lack of ideological diversity,” they wrote in an email. Lloyd has campaign signs out, but no petitions from any prospective candidates have been submitted to the district yet. Those petitions for the two open seats with three-year terms are due by April 19, with school elections on May 18. Read more about this story in the Times Union.