Seven New School Board Members Elected, Former Chairman Hornberger Loses Re-election Bid

The Loudoun County School Board will have seven new members starting in January. Only three incumbents sought re-election on Tuesday and the day’s voting resulted in an upset that will send another veteran member into retirement.

Current Board Chairman Jeff E. Morse (Dulles) was unopposed in his bid for a third four-year term.

Sterling District incumbent Brenda L. Sheridan landed close to 59 percent of the vote to turn back a challenge by Mike J. Neely. Sheridan ran unopposed in 2011 and 2015.

In the Ashburn District, incumbent Eric Hornberger lost to Harris Mahedavi. Hornberger served eight years on the board and served as chairman from 2012 to 2016. Mahedavi, the president of a consulting firm and father of children in the fourth and eighth grades, garnered 47 percent of the vote. Hornberger, who was first elected in 2001 and ran unopposed in 2015, landed about 40 percent.

Mahedavi will join seven other freshmen members on the board in January.

Countywide, in the At-Large District race, Denise R. Corbo, a gifted education teacher won the three-way race. The 2018 Teacher of the Year award winner garnered 45.5 percent of the vote, outpacing Julie Sisson (36.6%) and Kenya A. Savage (10.6%).

In the Algonkian District, incumbent Debbie Rose did not seek re-election after two terms. Her seat will be filled by Atoosa R. Reaser, who landed 51.3 percent of the vote over Melanie F. Turner, who got 42.4 percent. Reaser, an attorney, has served on the executive board of the school division’s Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee and as a delegate to the Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents.

In the Blue Ridge District, Jill Turgeon also is stepping down after serving two terms. She will be replaced by Ian J. Serotkin. He got 52.4 percent of the vote. Ram Venkatachalam got 40.7 percent.

Joy Maloney did not seek re-election after serving one term representing the Broad Run District. Her seat will be filled by Leslee M. King. She got 53.2 percent of the vote; Andrew T. Hoyler got 32.4 percent.

In the Catoctin District, Eric DeKenipp resigned in 2018, with 14 months remaining in his term. Chris Croll was appointed to fill his seat, but did not run in the election. Tuesday’s winner was John Beatty. The IT director and computer science teacher at a private school in Maryland won with about 40.5 percent of the vote, over Zerell S. Johnson-Welch (26.6%) and Jenna M. Alexander (25.5%).

Beth R. Barts will be the new School Board representative in the Leesburg District. She will replace Tom Marshall, who did not seek re-election. She got 51.9 percent of the vote over Joe Newcomer, who garnered 42.8 percent.

The winning candidates will serve four-year terms, beginning Jan. 1.

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