Virginia lawmakers will consider proposed legislation to reform recall laws as more elected officials are being targeted for removal by political entities across the commonwealth and nationwide.

In Loudoun County, six of the nine school board members elected in 2019 have been targeted for removal by political action committee Fight for Schools, a group made up of mostly LCPS parents. Local supporters of the recalls claim that select board members make up a “a political body” and are pushing their political aspirations and beliefs with no regard to parents’ wishes.

Thompson, King, Thomas

The NAACP Loudoun Branch announced on Jan. 18 its interest in joining the School Board Member recall hearings. Pictured from left is attorney Phillip Thompson, attorney Charlie King and Michelle Thomas, local pastor and president of the NAACP Loudoun Branch, speaking with reporters at a Jan. 21 press conference on the steps of the Old Loudoun County Courthouse.

Jennifer McClellan

State Sen. Jennifer L. McClellan (D) attending a March 15, 2019 forum in Leesburg on racial reconciliation and Virginia history.

Critical Race Theory Rally in Leesburg | Prior

Ian Prior, executive director of Fight for Schools, addresses a large group on June 12 in Leesburg opposed to critical race theory.

Critical Race Theory Rally in Leesburg | Prior

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J Smith

Let’s provide some additional clarity on statements made by those interviewed in this article.

Ms. Thomas, you want voters rights passed at the Federal level. I assume you mean HR4. Did you know that HR4 will give the Federal government the ability to veto state election laws that the citizens and their elected representatives chose to implement in their state.

What an unbelievable invasion of state sovereignty.

HR 4 would also allow leftists to continue practices such as ballot harvesting, mass-mailing of absentee ballots (even to individuals who did not request them), and repeal voter ID laws.

Ms. Thomas, the people who aren’t interested in protecting the voting rights of citizens at the state level are elected democrats. Elected democrats are the real ones who want to undermine our voting rights.

Sen McClellan representing Richmond said “the current process is being used to undermine the will of the electorate for purely political reasons and disagreements on policy.”

Being from Richmond, I guess Sen McCellan isn’t too familiar about what happened in Loudoun County. Our school board members in Loudoun County undermined the First Amendment rights of Loudoun parents to be heard. Worse, they covered up the sexual assaults of two girls in our school system.

Those are indeed two very serious offenses, Sen McClellan. Two gross violations of public trust and they more than justify a recall. Maybe in the future, pay a little more attention to what’s going on with the citizens you represent in Richmond before speaking out on behalf of Loudoun county. At the very least get your facts straight.

Mr. Tuck, do you know the rest of the story behind your comment “being a part of a Facebook group is suddenly worthy of being recalled?”

Here’s the rest of the story: Beth Barts was one of several of our School Board members involved in a private Facebook group. Members of this Facebook group sought to compile a list of Loudoun parents who were opposed to the school board’s push for “racial equity.”

Quick side note - racial equity is code word for Critical Race Theory. CRT at its core teaches students that if they are black or from another minority group, they are not good enough to succeed on their own merit. They need help from white people. How condescending to children of color. How racist to believe such things.

Rightfully so, parents of all skin colors were strongly opposed to pushing “equity” or “CRT” training on their children in school. But our School Board would not listen to parents and even formed a private Facebook group to plot how to silence them.

By the way, Mr. Tuck, School Board members discussing public matters in a private Facebook group is a violation of rules governing conduct of elected officials.

But did you know Mr. Tuck that even our leftist School Board was cornered into censoring Ms. Barts and stripping of her committee assignments once confronted with what Ms. Barts was doing on Facebook?

The recall process is proceeding according to law. Elected officials who have committed very serious violations of public trust and have grossly misused their elected office are being held accountable.

It’s as simple as that.


Amen to all that J Smith


Let us not forget the leaders you refer to from Friday all lean democrat nary a republican in the group as even Charlie has been removed from the republican committee. Elections for supervisor and school board should be every two years they have squandered the trust of the public and in many cases shown they are in way beyond their means.


Either way Fight for Schools would have prevailed. Change the rules all you want we want the liars and charlatans removed.

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