Loudoun School Board Removal Petitions Signatures Certified

The Board of Elections this week completed the certification of signatures on the removal petitions against Loudoun School Board Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan (Sterling) and Vice Chairwoman Atoosa Reaser (Algonkian), allowing the effort to advance in Circuit Court.

The petition to remove Reaser amassed 1,783 valid signatures, while the petition to remove Sheridan collected 1,158 valid signatures. Signatures are only valid if they belong to a registered voter in the official’s district.

The removal effort is spearheaded by the group Fight for Schools, which launched the campaign last spring to combat board members’ progressive social justice policies and their involvement in the private Facebook group Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County, a violation of public meetings laws, the group alleges.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj, who, for now, would prosecute the case, requested verification of the signatures.

“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.

Fight for Schools has filed motions to disqualify Biberaj from prosecuting the cases. A similar motion was granted in the case to remove former Leesburg representative Beth Barts. Barts resigned on Nov. 2, citing threats to her family, rendering the removal case against her moot.

Fight for Schools also has said its has the necessary signatures to file petitions to seek the removal both Denise Corbo (At-Large) and Ian Serotkin (Blue Ridge), although there has not yet been an announcement about filing decisions for those petitions. 

To remove an elected official in Virginia, a petition must amass a signature count equal to 10% of the votes cast in their election. Once the petition is filed, the petitioners are no longer parties in the case, and the prosecutor represents the petitioners.

A hearing for motions in the case to remove Sheridan is set for Jan. 5.

25 thoughts on “Loudoun School Board Removal Petitions Signatures Certified

  • 2021-12-31 at 3:05 pm
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    These two should save us all a lot of trouble and resign. But it is interesting to see that the corrupt CA has finally decided that electoral integrity and process matter even if only when it is used against her corrupt allies.

    • 2022-01-01 at 12:39 pm
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      But the process only mattered to Biberaj because, if the process wasn’t followed, then her friends would have gotten off easily without a fight. Biberaj was looking for a way to help her friends. She is no friend of the law or justice.

  • 2021-12-31 at 3:18 pm
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    I just wish organizers would move on to more productive endeavors. Brenda Sheridan is a duly elected school-board member. Please let her do her job in peace. If you disagree deeply with her policies, run your own candidate in 2023. But don’t disenfranchise the thousands of folks who voted for her on three separate occasions. Happy New Year Loudoun!

    • 2022-01-01 at 9:26 pm
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      The one recourse citizens have when a duly elected official does not do their job or is in violation of ethics or the law is a recall or removal process. Sheridan, Reaser, Corbo, (Barts who did the right thing and resigned) were complicit in defying Virginia statutes that all meetings must be public by using a private Facebook site. The issue is not just disagreeing with policies but her clear disregard for openness and following the law.

      • 2022-01-02 at 2:06 pm
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        Sheriff Chapman looked at the Facebook affair six ways from Sunday. He came up with crickets. Please leave LCPS alone. I think the ladies & gentleman are wonderful. They’re being persecuted for their beliefs. I’m hoping they’ll be fully vindicated by Easter. Happy New Year Loudoun!

  • 2021-12-31 at 4:56 pm
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    I’ve been following the various events unfolding in Loudoun county for the past 6 months. It is astounding as to how the county has become devolved into a mess. Politically driven school board members and school superintendent have created a coverup of epic proportions. I do hope they are replaced and the situation corrected. Not to mention the extremely biased CA, who should also be removed. And yes, there seems to this LCPS shill posting here who always signs off with their “Happy ______ Loudoun County”. Annoyingly distracting.

  • 2021-12-31 at 5:02 pm
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    Three days ago, Buta Biberaj retweeted a claim from Stacey Abrams (yes, the loon from Georgia) stating that Voter Fraud is a “Myth.”

    If that’s the case, then why is she concerned about the validity of signatures on a recall petition?

    Obviously this woman should not be a participant in this recall process. Her judgement has been wrong from day one. We deserve better.

    • 2022-01-03 at 3:45 pm
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      Because voting, which involves registering in an advance and identifying yourself to election officials is exactly the same as collecting signatures on a petition. Got it.

      It’s telling that it took FFS so long to obtain these signatures. There clearly isn’t very much support for the recall effort in the community.

      The recall petition is in very bad faith and the people behind it are antithetical to democratic principles. It’s downright unAmerican.

      • 2022-01-03 at 5:46 pm
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        I really don’t think you “Got” anything.
        Anyone can mark a ballot and mail it in. No ID required. Not even proof of life.

  • 2021-12-31 at 5:20 pm
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    Number of petition signers’ way above threshold needed to drag them into court.

  • 2022-01-01 at 5:31 am
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    800 signatures were needed for Sheridan and 1200 for Reaser so case could move forward. Even Buta cannot skew these numbers.
    Oh, my goodness numbers achieved on the road to righting wrong choices on the school board.
    Kids are Po’ed, parents are Po’ed, grandparents are Po’ed and so are taxpayers with the members of the school board.
    Removing these two is addition by subtraction plus methinks a forensic audit for the school budget is in order. Administration should be a separate budget that the Board of Supervisors should vote on.

  • 2022-01-01 at 7:50 am
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    “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.

    Yet, asking for ID to cast a vote is racist??

    Double standards as usual.

  • 2022-01-01 at 12:43 pm
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    They might yet resign. If I remember correctly, in Virginia, if the accused official is not removed, then the public picks up their legal bills. HOWEVER, if they are guilty and removed, then the guilty official has to reimburse for all the legal fees. Expensive.

    Do you feel lucky, punk? Do you?

  • 2022-01-01 at 2:34 pm
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    Hooray! These two are a complete disaster. Our kids deserve much, much better!

  • 2022-01-01 at 10:54 pm
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    If there is one thing the CV pandemic showed us is how stupid many so called parents in LoCo there are. This has become nothing more than a political fight urged on by the likes of the embarrassment of a governor, Youngkin. He has whipped the parents up in this county that makes LoCo a laughingstock. Not just in Loudoun, or even Virginia. I am getting emails and texts from friends around the world asking me what is going on and why so many parents, caretakes to their kids, are acting like morons. I have no answer. Shame on them.

    • 2022-01-02 at 12:28 pm
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      Just a couple of thoughts and questions:
      Could you please explain what a “so-called” parent is? I understand that the Left likes to blur the lines quite a bit, but isn’t a parent a parent?
      Second, just a bit of clarification… Glenn Youngkin is not the governor. Not to worry, he will be in less than two weeks.
      Finally, Loudoun has become a “laughingstock” as you say, not due to the concerns of parents, residents and taxpayers. No, no, no…. it’s because of the disgusting behavior of the (D) politicians who run this county.
      I hope that helps.

    • 2022-01-02 at 6:57 pm
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      LCPS has been in the national news for the better part of 6 years for all the wrong reasons. Parents have finally coming out of hibernation and are starting to clean up the mess, but there is a long way to go.

    • 2022-01-03 at 3:46 pm
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      Just remind them that Youngkin lost in Loudoun by a wide margin.

  • 2022-01-02 at 9:35 am
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    Duly elected members of the school board can be recalled in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth so absolutely no one is being disenfranchised.

  • 2022-01-02 at 12:20 pm
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    These two and a few others are an international embarrassment to the county and should resign. The public has lost confidence/trust in their ability to run the school system in a competent, transparent, and honest manner. They broke the law by holding secret meetings that should have been open to the public, they have lied to the public repeatedly on sexual assaults in schools, closing of schools, sexually explicit material including pedophilia in kids libraries, pushing divisive fascist critical theory, eliminating advanced math, and persecuting teachers and parents who disagree with their perverted and misguided “education” programs….My hope is the new state government will investigate the corrupt school administration and board.

  • 2022-01-02 at 5:32 pm
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    The sad thing about these parents who are getting their political jollies messing with the school board (since their guy Trump lost yet another election and they’re on the outs now) is that the people they’d replace these members with would surely be disasters for all involved. Keep your politics at home. If those little black girls in Alabama could handle the stuff they were dealt in the 60’s, your little White children can stand to learn about it. This is so ridiculous….

    • 2022-01-03 at 12:20 pm
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      What is “so ridiculous “ is ignorant comments that condemn parents of all affiliations that are rightfully concerned with the bizarre policies and conduct of s radical school board.
      Seems “grids if zoom” thinks it’s ok to tell others to keep politics out of it while making hyperbolic political statements.
      Fools like this got us into this mess.

  • 2022-01-03 at 2:45 pm
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    Not sure but if recalled they cannot run for school board again if they resign, they would be able to. Recall them! Is Sheridan related to General Sheridan?

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