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Recall effort ends with Virginia school board chairman’s resignation
An effort to recall Ryan Sawyers from his position as at-large chairman of the Prince William County Public Schools school board ended when Sawyers resigned on March 7. Sawyers cited personal and professional reasons for his resignation, and he described the district's school board and administration as corrupt.
On their official recall petition, the Prince William Committee for Quality Education said that Sawyers had misused his position, discriminated against district administrators, and tried to change sports policies to favor a specific organization. Sawyers called the recall effort silly and said speeches made by the committee members were "political theater." Others said the effort against him was political backlash after Sawyers, a Democrat, won a seat that was previously held by Republicans. The school board is officially nonpartisan.
Outside of the school board, Sawyers also ran for Virginia's 1st Congressional District in 2018. He suspended his campaign for that position a week before he resigned from the school board. Sawyers was elected to a four-year term on the board in 2015. He was the first Democrat to get elected to the position as chairman of the board "in modern memory," according to the Prince William Times. His fellow board members voted 4-2 to censure him on September 20, 2017, after he publicly released email exchanges between board members and school district counsel.
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