Biberaj Seeks Certification of School Board Recall Petition Signatures

Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj’s office said Tuesday that the signatures on the petition to remove School Board Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan (Sterling) from office will be checked over by the Loudoun County Office of Elections to ensure they’re valid.

“As the petition was initiated and filed without consultation with our office, we need to ensure that there is strict compliance with the law. It is our duty, as the Commonwealth’s Attorney, to protect the participants and the process,” Biberaj said, and referenced Virginia Code Section 24.2-233, that requires the Commonwealth’s Attorney to ensure that a petition has legitimacy under law prior to coming before the court.

The group seeking Sheridan’s ouster, Fight for Schools, announced that it collected 1,217 signatures on its petition to remove the three-term board member in just 13 days. To file a petition to remove a public official in Virginia, it must amass signatures equal to 10 percent of the vote in the election that appointed the official. The petitioners must be registered voters residing in the Sterling District.

“When and if so certified, then the matter of the petitions can proceed to an evaluation of the allegations and the facts that establish the same,” Biberaj said.

The petitioners allege that Sheridan’s involvement in a private Facebook group, where members compiled lists of parents opposed to the school district’s anti-racism work, is a violation of open-door meetings guidelines for elected officials. The petition also takes issue with Sheridan’s knowledge of a sexual assault scandal in two Loudoun County high schools. 

Sheridan is one of four School Board members targeted in the removal effort. The case to remove Vice Chairwoman Atoosa Reaser (Algonkian) is scheduled come before a judge on Monday for the first time. Petitions to remove Ian Serotkin (Blue Ridge) and Denise Corbo (At-Large) have not been filed, although Fight for Schools has announced it has reached the signature threshold for the petitions.

A second hearing for the case to remove Sheridan is planned for Dec. 6. At this point in the process, the case only involves Sheridan as the defendant and Biberaj representing the petitioners. Fight for Schools lawyer David Warrington filed a motion to intervene in the case on behalf of the petitioners, and to disqualify Biberaj from prosecuting the case. 

In the case to remove former Leesburg District representative Beth Barts, Biberaj was disqualified, and Judge Jeannette A. Irby appointed a special prosecutor. Irby said that because Biberaj faces a similar removal effort backed by members of Fight for Schools, the public might not trust that due process was delivered in the case. Barts resigned on Nov. 2 after receiving threats to her family, and the case to remove her from office is moot.

11 thoughts on “Biberaj Seeks Certification of School Board Recall Petition Signatures

  • 2021-11-24 at 2:08 pm

    Biberaj’s credibility is -273C. It will be amusing to read about Biberaj ensuring the signatures on petition to recall her are legit. All in due time, all in due time.

  • 2021-11-24 at 2:43 pm

    The signatures are invalid because the signers were misled. The underlying complaint alleges Brenda & Atoosa participated in a rape coverup. I say that’s BS. Thus, these petitions aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. Happy Holidays Loudoun!

    • 2021-12-01 at 12:30 pm

      Tim, I’m sorry but you have to be called out for this statement. If you truly believe that the signers were “misled,” you are willfully ignorant. We parents know EXACTLY why we signed the petition: because Reaser and the rest have held improper meetings without quorums, made million-dollar, no-bid curriculum purchases, and withheld information about more than four sexual assaults on LCPS campuses. In addition, they’ve refused to answer the simplest of questions posed to them by parents at board meetings. Our concerns are valid. The petitions are valid. The signatures are valid. No signers were misled. And we are using a legal, democratic mechanism to remove elected officials who have violated their oath of office.

  • 2021-11-24 at 3:02 pm

    “It is our duty, as the Commonwealth’s Attorney, to protect the participants and the process,” Biberaj said,”

    If only Regina Redman had received such devotion to “duty” from the CA, she’d be here today.

    Biberaj is a danger to Loudoun residents.

  • 2021-11-24 at 4:29 pm

    Biberaj needs to recuse herself from all legal challenges regarding the School Board as she was an active participant. The judge should remove her from any involvement in these cases.

  • 2021-11-24 at 4:54 pm

    Smoke screen waste of time.
    Now they want signature integrity?
    Political posturing never works well when you are a hack.
    Do not let Sheridan resign hopefully the recall will mean the end of her career the same for Toosa.

  • 2021-11-24 at 5:11 pm

    A (D) demanding verification of identifications? Wow, that’s rich!

  • 2021-11-25 at 7:31 am

    The signatures are valid and Buta would rather play politics than do her job. Many people have left her office because of her management style. SHe should focus on doing her job, not politics.

  • 2021-11-25 at 10:51 pm

    Maybe the Commonwealth’s Office should worry about prosecuting real crime and not cutting deals or letting dangerous people out on bond or no bond. She is destroying LoCo. Disgrace.

  • 2021-11-29 at 8:26 am

    It will take Judy Brown’s office of Elections and Voter Registration less than a day to verify the signatures collected by Fight for Schools.
    Buta is a leaky vessel.
    Has Buta sent them to Judy Brown or is she dragging her feet.
    Will Buta turn the list of signatures over to their private facebook group for future shenanigans?
    Will the list be available to other recalled members aka Atoosa Reaser, how about the haters on the Board of Supervisors?

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