Members of the Loudoun County School Board on Tuesday evening appointed Andrew Hoyler to fill the board seat representing the Broad Run District, which had been vacant since the death of board member Leslee King on Aug. 31.
“I’m feeling a lot right now. I think shock is the big one,” Hoyler said minutes after being sworn in. “I do think that my wealth of support from the community, spoke volumes,” he said.
Hoyler had previously run to represent the Broad Run District in 2019, losing the race to King by almost 3,000 votes at the time. He graduated from Briar Woods High School in 2014, before attending Purdue University and obtaining a degree in professional flight in 2017.
Hoyler’s resume cites his employment as a First Officer with PSA Airlines, and a former lecturer at Purdue’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology.
The selection concludes more than a month without representation on the school board for the Broad Run District. After a Sept. 24 submission deadline, seven district residents — Paul Chen, Daniel Eisert, Hoyler, Cliff Kierce, Marjo Mitsutomi, Samuel Yan and Katrecia Nolen — entered the running to be appointed to represent Broad Run.
During the meeting, School Board Chair Brenda Sheridan said the Broad Run District would hold a special election in 2022 to fill the seat through the board’s next term.
The board started its meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, and quickly went into closed session to deliberate on their chosen appointee at around 4:10 p.m. They returned at 5 p.m., and immediately put forth two motions to fill the district seat.
Blue Ridge District Board member Ian Serotkin put forth an initial motion to appoint Hoyler to the seat moments after the board returned from its closed session. His motion was seconded by Leesburg District representative Beth Barts, but an alternative motion by Algonkian District representative Atoosa Reaser to appoint Nolen to the seat was put forth before a vote on Serotkin’s motion.
Reaser’s motion was seconded by Sheridan, but failed, 3-5, with Reaser, Sheridan and Ashburn District representative Harris Mahedavi supporting.
The board then returned to Serotkin’s initial motion to appoint Hoyler to the seat, which passed unanimously.