The Prince William County Democratic Committee is set for a busy weekend as members prepare for a special election April 9 that will determine who serves the remainder of Supervisor John Jenkins’ term as the board’s Neabsco District representative. Jenkins, a Democrat who was the longest-serving supervisor, died Feb. 6. The term expires Dec. 31, 2019.
The Prince William Democratic Committee is holding a firehouse caucus Feb. 24 to determine who will be the party’s candidate in the special election. The committee is hosting the caucus from 3-7 p.m. at the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department Station 13, 13511 Hillendale Drive, said Tonya James, committee chair.
Democratic voters who would like to participate should bring a photo ID to verify they live in the Neabsco District, James said.
Democratic candidates have until noon Saturday, Feb. 23, to declare their candidacy at the committee’s headquarters at 5517 Mapledale Plaza in Dale City. On Saturday, the committee is hosting a candidate meet and greet and forum moderated by Del. Elizabeth Guzman, D-31st District, James said.
Victor Angry, Patrick Jones, Aracely Panameno and Don Shaw announced they will seek the Democratic nomination.
Shaw was the Democratic Committee chair and unsuccessfully ran for the 13th District House seat in 2015.
Angry is a businessman, motivational speaker, volunteer firefighter and U.S. Army veteran. He held the rank of command sergeant major of the U.S. Army National Guard, according to a news release.
Jones is an environmental health manager with the Prince William Health District and has worked in government for 28 years, according to a news release. He served as president of the National Capital Area Environmental Health Association from 2006 to 2008.
Panameno is a consumer, health and civil rights advocate and a Prince William County resident for more than 33 years
The county’s Republican Party held a caucus Tuesday, Feb. 19, to select its nominee for the special election. Chairman Bill Card said they’re not releasing the candidate’s name until after the Democratic Committee announces their candidate on Sunday.
“We feel like it’s better for us to wait and see,” Card said.
All candidates have until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, to file with the county’s Office of Elections.