Marty Nohe

Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe has announced he is running for at-large chair of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors.

Prince William County Supervisor Marty Nohe, R-Coles, said he plans to run for at-large chair of the board of county supervisors in November 2019.

Next year, all eight supervisor seats will be on the ballot. Current At-large Chair Corey Stewart has spent the past two election cycles chasing statewide elected office — first in a narrow gubernatorial primary loss to Ed Gillespie in 2017 and now as the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate against incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat seeking his second term.

Stewart said Tuesday he doesn't know if he will seek re-election in the November 2019 election, pointing to the final weeks of his Senate campaign. "I'm completely focused on Nov. 6," he said.

Nohe has served since 2004, and he doesn’t take the decision to run for chair lightly, he told InsideNoVa. The chair needs to be focused on the county, he said.

“I don’t want to make this about Corey,” Nohe said. “But Corey has run statewide campaigns. It’s brought a lot of attention to the county, but not a lot of the attention has been about the county.”

Haymarket resident Ann Wheeler announced Monday that she plans to run for chair in 2019, and also referenced Stewart's controversial time on the campaign trail.

Stewart has led the board as chair since 2006 and has served on the board since 2004. And he has been a lightning rod for controversy throughout his years-long chase for higher office.

During the 2016 presidential primaries, Stewart was hired and fired as chairman of then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign in Virginia. In his failed bid to be the Republican nominee for Virginia governor last year, he raffled off an AR-15 rifle to show his support for gun rights.Stewart also has embraced Confederate flag display supporters and those defending Confederate monuments.

Nohe, who is the president of Appliance Connection in Woodbridge, has served on the board of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority since 2005 and as chair of the NVTA since 2009.

He has served as a member of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission since 2004 and on the Virginia Railway Express board as an alternate from 2007 to 2014 and as a member since 2014.

“I believe I have already demonstrated the leadership that’s necessary to really move our county forward,” Nohe said.

He runs the risk of losing to Stewart and not serving on the board altogether. Still, he doesn’t look at it that way.

“My passion is not for politics or for winning elections,” Nohe said. “My passion is for serving Prince William County. I grew up here and I’m proud that this is my hometown. I want my kids to be as proud to have grown up here as I am.”

Nohe said he’s running for chair to continue focusing on community safety, growing the local economy to have more high-paying jobs in the county, reducing class size and trailers in the school division and to make road and transit center improvements.

“Those are the issues that hit home every day,” Nohe said.

Building a better relationship with the school board can mitigate the “natural tension” over funding between the board of county supervisors and the school board, he said.

“I think that the board of county supervisors and the school board have to start treating each other as partners, rather than as rivals,” Nohe said.

And he stressed he is prepared to take on the chair position.

“I’m not talking about Corey; I’m talking about Prince William County,” Nohe stressed.

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(4) comments

411Catharpin

Oh look it's Corey Stewart Junior running for the top seat...no big changes then...pave, develop, tear down trees, ruin the rural crescent, dont fight for greater proffers to take the load off of tax payers..yep its Corey Jr.!

tbornottb

We are elated that Marty Nohe is going to run for the Board chair. He is what PWC needs to head the board. He will do whats best for the whole county like he does now for Coles rather than thump his chest and be totally out of sync with the real world like Corey does. Corey is a blight on our county and the commonwealth. He does not stand a chance Nov 6 and then bye bye for good.

insidebugs

After Cory Stewart no one has done more to screw over the taxpayers of Prince William County. Maytag Marty is the developers little bytch and will do whatever he they tell him to do. He’ll run a a very well funded campaign that is flush with money from the out of town fat cats who want to continue to cram the county with low rent apartments and townhouse developments. Prince William county has the worst overcrowding if any other school district in the Commonwealth and that is directly related to Marty Nohe voting to approve any and all developments that come his way. He also wants to float billions of dollars of new bonds that will destroy the county’s credit rating so we can build roads to now where that will open up even more land for his developer masters to build more houses that will clog the main road arteries even more then they already are. Marty is the very definition of the enemy of the people and anyone who would vote for him would be a complete idiot.

Stoptheinsanity

If it was up to this guy the entire Coles district would be a landfill. In the last 10 years I have seen more negative to the Coles district then any other time before it. Marty himself refers to the PWC Landfill as the "crown jewel" of the Coles district. I will be voting no on Nohe. The guy doesn't even live in his own district. Keep selling toasters I will take a chance on someone else.

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