John Gray, a Lake Ridge certified public accountant, has announced his campaign for the Republican nomination for at-large chair of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors.
At-large Chair Corey Stewart, also a Republican, announced in January that he will not seek re-election. Previously, Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe announced his plans to run for the GOP nomination for the post.
Republican voters will decide the party’s candidate in a May 4 primary. Candidates have until March 28 to file with the Prince William County Office of Elections to be a candidate in the primary elections.
Gray said Nohe, a supervisor since 2004, has approved rezoning applications for housing development before the county has infrastructure like roads and schools in place to support the expansion.
“We have to develop, but we need an infrastructure plan in there first,” Gray said.
Nohe, who also serves as chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, said he agrees infrastructure investments need to come before housing developments, which is why he has helped bring in $800 million in funding for road projects in the county in the last six years, he said.
“I think I’m the candidate across all parties that has done the most to bring in new infrastructure investment to Prince William County, because of our fast population growth,” Nohe said.
Nohe said Gray has been quick to criticize his opponents.
“I look forward to this campaign where he articulates his plan on how he’d do things differently and how he would pay for that,” Nohe said.
Gray also criticized Nohe for accepting political donations from developers. Nohe said he accepts campaign contributions from people in all sorts of industries.
“Unfortunately, running for office is expensive, especially in a media market like Northern Virginia,” Nohe said.
Gray said he is running to help guide the county’s infrastructure plan. He also wants to ensure the continuation of the county’s policy to ask arrested people about their immigration status and refer any unauthorized immigrants to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The Board of Supervisors passed a resolution outlining the immigration policy in 2007 and it was updated in 2008.
Gray said he wants the county’s policy to continue and doesn’t want the county to adopt a policy similar to Fairfax County’s of not asking its police officers “to become immigration officials,” according to Fairfax County’s 2017 resolution.
Gray unsuccessfully ran for public office several times, including for chair of the county board of supervisors, and school board and supervisor representing the Occoquan District.
Haymarket resident Ann Wheeler has filed to run for chair of the board of county supervisors on the Democratic ticket. Wheeler, who has been a Northern Virginia Electric Company board member for 14 years, ran unsuccessfully against Supervisor Pete Candland in 2011 to represent the Gainesville District on the board of county supervisors.
Don Scoggins, Woodbridge resident and independent candidate for chair, is a retired U.S. Army Reserves officer who served in Vietnam and said he has experience in local and federal government and as a real estate broker and investor.
Scoggins unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in 2015 to represent the Occoquan district. He is a member of the Prince William Committee of 100, Prince William NAACP, Prince William County Human Rights Commission, among other community engagements.