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What Does the LCPS School Board “Special Election” Really Mean? Would Ziegler Stay or be Voted Out?

A LCPS SB Special Election will be held this year for the Broad Run and Leesburg Districts. Why just these two? The previous Broad Run rep passed away and the previous Leesburg rep quit, all other SB members AND the ones elected in November will be up for reelection in November 2023.

So what happens if two conservative minded people win the special election?

  1. It will demonstrate that people (at least in these districts for now) have had enough of all the problems with LCPS and they want and hope for the right change
  2. Having the right candidates win, IMO, will set the tone for what we need to seek out in candidates who will be running in 2023. Not so much a benchmark but more of a litmus test or “test run”
  3. Again, IMO, I do not think that having (2) conservative minded people winning in November will bring about immediate change, however, the inverse is true with Progressive candidates
  4. The one big hope is that if (2) conservative minded people win this November, that the process for removing Superintendent Ziegler can move forward. As far as I know, and someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but in order to vote Ziegler out, it would be required, at a minimum to be a 5-4 vote in favor of his removal. So unless Reaser, Sheridan, Morse, Serotkin, or Mahedavi join the Broad Run & Leesburg district reps, as well as John Beatty and MAYBE Denise Corbo, Ziegler stays put. From where I sit, the soonest we will have a realistic shot at getting Ziegler out is January 2024 IF we are able to get the majority elected in November 2023.

2023: Vote To Keep Ziegler

  • Atoosa Reaser
  • Brenda Sheridan
  • Ian Serotkin
  • Harris Mahedavi
  • Jeff Morse

2023: Vote to Remove Ziegler

  • Broad Run Candidate
  • Leesburg Candidate
  • John Beatty
  • Denise Corbo (maybe)

Even if Hoyler were to win Broad Run and Marshall were to win Leesburg, and they voted to remove Ziegler along with Beatty, you’ll still need two others. Stranger things have happened, but I’d be very surprised if a 5-4 vote to remove Ziegler would happen before January 2024.

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