Hoyler Tapped for School Board Seat

The School Board has appointed Andrew Hoyler, the late Leslee King’s opponent in her previous election, to fill her Broad Run District seat.

Hoyler in a 2014 graduate of Briar Woods High School, and spent 12 years as a student in the district.

“I think I bring a fresh voice. This board has been through a lot these last couple months and I think [I’m] someone who comes in with a fresh mind, fresh ideas, someone who’s a voice of compromise,” Hoyler said after taking the oath of office Tuesday night. “Hopefully bring some of the different opinions together and get more compromise in some of the policies that have been frustrating to community members over the past couple months.”

The motion to appoint Hoyler passed unanimously at the Oct. 12 School Board meeting. Ian Serotkin (Blue Ridge) moved to appoint Hoyler, which was seconded by Beth Barts (Leesburg). Atoosa Reaser (Algonkian) then moved to appoint Katrece Nolen, the candidate formally endorsed by the Loudoun County Democratic Committee. That motion failed 3-5. The board went on to give Hoyler unanimous support. He took his seat on the dais after being sworn in by Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens.

In 2019, King received 61% (7,522) of the vote, defeating Hoyler who received 37% (4,559).

This School Board is facing criticism for its handling of school closures during the pandemic, its racial equity work, often inaccurately as Critical Race Theory, and the implementation of Policy 8040, which provides protections for transgender and gender fluid students. Hoyler said he thinks his presence on the dais will bring down the temperature.

“When I ran for the seat back in 2019, I wanted to stay far away from politics. That’s just who I am as a person, I don’t believe that party politics belong in the schools,” Hoyler said. “My hope is that this board appointing me will help show a desire to fix some of the partisan issues that have been plaguing the schools the past couple of months.

Hoyler will serve as an appointee until a special election is held for the seat in November 2022. The winner of that election will serve until the end of King’s term in November 2023.

Hoyler was selected from among applicants Nolen, Paul Chen, Daniel Eistert, Cliff Keirce, Marjo Mitsutomi, and Samuel Yan.

7 thoughts on “Hoyler Tapped for School Board Seat

  • 2021-10-12 at 7:37 pm
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    And therin lies the problem…
    Now you have a SB member who is beholden to the rest of the SB members.

    And to the “journalist” who penned this piece… how about taking a break from the pushing the lie that LCPS is not implementing CRT in the school curriculum?
    It’s insulting to your readers. We know what’s going on. And you claiming otherwise is not going to change that.

  • 2021-10-12 at 8:00 pm
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    Good luck to Andrew Hoyler. He has such big shoes to fill. Leslee King was a magnifcent lady who left us far too early. She attended her final school-board remotely from her deathbed, hooked up to oxygen. That’s how dedicated she was. I continue to mourn her loss. But I wish the Mr. Hoyler the best during his 13-month term. All seven of the candidates for the vacant seat were marvelous at their interviews. I hope they’ll all consider running in the November 2022 election. Meanwhile, I pray that Leslee King showers down graces upon us.

  • 2021-10-13 at 1:16 am
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    He got 37% of the vote. Now he’s on the board.
    Will he move to hurt transgender kids?
    Will he move to disassemble COVID protection protocols?
    I’m very disappointed that the board chose to ignore the election results. Clearly Broad Run did NOT want him there.

  • 2021-10-13 at 8:20 am
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    Andrew, Congratulations. If you ever want some perspective from a former school board member feel free to make contact. I would strongly suggest talking to as many former school board members as possible and Dr. Hatrick as well for administrative perspective on why there is some much heat due to current board behavior and how to obviate it. 🙂

  • 2021-10-13 at 11:22 am
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    Would it be possible to see a transcript of the swearing in process?
    What exactly is being stated?

  • 2021-10-13 at 12:21 pm
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    Reaser’s nomination once again reflects her attitude to putpolitics ahead of students.

  • 2021-10-13 at 2:23 pm
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    Andrew is a start in the right direction, now the rest of the rapist enabling cowards need to be removed and tried in court including Zigler.

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