Letter: Ellie Lockwood, Ashburn

Editor: Gov. Youngkin has it absolutely right. He has amended HB1138 to force the Loudoun County School Board to stand for reelection this November rather than November 2023.

Originally introduced by Del. David Reid, HB1138 was to establish a lottery drawing with the goal of staggering the terms of four of the nine school board members to ensure that all nine would no longer be elected to four-year terms at the same time. It was passed with bipartisan support, but the Loudoun County School Board has demonstrated it could do with a whole clean slate right now.

Last year, thousands of Loudoun County voters, regardless of party affiliation, flocked to opportunities to sign petitions recalling four of the current schools board members. This effort of so effective, former Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan and former Vice Chairwoman Atoosa Reaser have recall suits already working their way through the Circuit Court. Similar completed petitions exist for current Vice Chairman Ian Serotkin and At Large member Denise Corbo.

Very negative national attention last year was focused on the arrogant dismissive performance of the school board as a whole as it applied punitive, draconian measures to prohibit Loudoun parents of any opportunity to voice their many legitimate concerns.

The governor’s amendment gives Loudoun an opportunity to get out from under the cloud of malfeasance, perhaps does away with the continuing court actions and gives Loudoun voters a real opportunity to have the kind of school board they want and deserve.

Every Loudoun legislator, including Del. Reid, should support the amended HB1138 and help London clear the air and move on.

Ellie Lockwood, Ashburn

4 thoughts on “Letter: Ellie Lockwood, Ashburn

  • 2022-04-15 at 7:18 am

    It ONLY matters if the majority of Loudoun voters actually show up instead of just party loyalists!

  • 2022-04-15 at 12:53 pm

    We know Gov Youngkin is trying to get noticed as a possible VP candidate for 2024, hence the non-stop culture war meddling in the affairs of Virginia citizens. Maybe he’s just annoyed that he lost Loudoun in the last election and he’s trying to build on his we-don’t-know-what-we’re-for-but-we-know-what-we’re-against base.

  • 2022-04-21 at 8:52 pm

    Setting aside the obvious point that Youngkin’s unilateral action disenfranchises voters — it’s fine if you want to stagger the terms of these offices, but make the effective date sometime in the future — the letter writer’s exaggerations about the efficacy of the recall effort is laughable.

    It’s cute that she uses “thousands” plural. Yet, it took months to collect the 1,783 valid signatures to remove Atoosa Reaser and dramatically less — 1,158 — to recall Brenda Sheridan. I recall driving past these efforts for weeks — the fact that it took so long to collect them speaks volumes about the distaste the people of Loudoun have for this undemocratic effort.

    I’m not sure, exactly, why Fight For Schools hates our children so much, or why it hates America and our Democratic institutions. This effort will no doubt lose in court. And my guess is most of the members will be re-elected even if their terms are shortened — assuming they even want to subject themselves to another term of dealing with bad-faith constituents who gullibly buy into the hysteria sown by right-wing agitators.

    • 2022-04-24 at 11:59 pm

      Disenfranchise – to deprive one of the right to vote

      Not only is Youngkin NOT disenfranchising anyone, he is giving all Loudoun voters a chance to vote again. This allows voters who learned of LCPS’ suppression of rapes and it’s returning a rapist to conduct more sexual assaults only recently to determine whether they want to keep those responsible in office. The same cannot be said of the estimated 17% of Biden voters who would never have voted for Biden had the Hunter corruption story not been covered up .

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