Loudoun Coun­ty school board faces elec­tion day reck­on­ing

Loudoun County school board faces election day reckoning

Two years after becom­ing the epi­cen­ter of the parental rights move­ment, vot­ers in the wealthy exur­ban Vir­ginia coun­ty of Loudoun are poised to elect a new school board for the first time in four years.
In 2021, Loudoun Coun­ty proved to be the back­drop of Gov. Glenn Youngk­in’s (R‑VA) upset vic­to­ry over Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­date Ter­ry McAu­li­ffe as the polit­i­cal new­com­er cap­i­tal­ized on a wave of vot­er anx­i­ety about the state of edu­ca­tion in the state. Loudoun served as the cat­a­lyst for vot­er con­cerns as par­ent Scott Smith, whose daugh­ter was raped in the girl’s bath­room of a dis­trict high school, was arrest­ed at a June 2021 meet­ing. The board had been con­sid­er­ing pol­i­cy 8040, which would allow stu­dents to use bath­rooms based on their claimed gen­der ide …