Occoquan Supervisor Michael May was unanimously elected Tuesday to serve as Prince William Board of Supervisors vice chairman, a position the board of fills each January.
May, 37, is the youngest member of the board, a civil law attorney with the firm Albo and Oblon LLP, and a father of three children, Leo, 6, Natalia, 4 and Marina, 1. He and his wife Amelia live in Lake Ridge.
May will replace outgoing Vice Chairman Wally Covington, a Republican who has represented the Brentsville District since 2004, but could resign his position this spring if appointed to serve as a Prince William County District Court judge.
Covington, 50, said Tuesday he was nominated to the post by the Prince William Bar Association late last year.
The Virginia General Assembly, which began its new legislative session Wednesday, will appoint a candidate to fill the judgeship, but Covington said the appointment is not likely to be made until near the end of the 60-day session.
Although both Republicans and fiscal conservatives, May and Covington have disagreed on some issues, most recently the proposed Bi-County Parkway, which would provide a more direct connection between Prince William and Loudoun counties by extending Va. 234 10 miles north to U.S. 50.
The $440 million state road project has been the subject of controversy for the last several months, mostly because the proposed four-lane road would traverse the western edge of the Manassas National Battlefield Park, cutting through protected historic property and privately owned farmland.
Opponents contend the road could become an “outer beltway,” by providing a more direct connection from Dulles International Airport to Interstate 95 that would invite heavier truck traffic into Prince William County and spur residential sprawl in western Prince William County.
Covington has signaled his support for the road, arguing that the two counties need a better connecting road, while May has proposed removing it from the county’s long-term transportation plan. The county is currently studying the effects of such a move on other area roadways.
May said he believes the state’s limited transportation money would be better spent on improving existing roads to relieve traffic congestion.
Still, neither May nor Covington said the vice chairmanship is about furthering particular issues or pet causes. Rather, the supervisor elected to the post is charged with representing the board at events Board Chairman Corey Stewart, R-At Large, can’t attend and leading board meetings in his absence.
May, who has served as vice chairman once before, said he is looking forward to the chance to meet and interact with a wider group of county residents.
“You sort of put on a different hat for a year,” he said. “You get to go out and represent the entire county.”