The 2019 elections are still 11 months away, but a dozen candidates have already announced plans to run for the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.
All eight supervisor seats, including the at-large chairman’s post, will be on the ballot next November.
At least two districts will have open seats. Potomac District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan will not seek re-election after serving on the board for 28 years. And Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe, a Republican, has announced his plan to run instead for chair of the board. Nohe has been a board member since 2004 and is chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority board.
Current at-large Chair Corey Stewart has not yet announced whether he will seek re-election to a fourth term leading the board.
Among other incumbents, Supervisor Jeanine Lawson, R-Brentsville, said she plans to seek re-election, and Supervisor Ruth Anderson, R-Occoquan, said she is very likely to seek re-election.
Supervisor Pete Candland, R-Gainesville, said he will decide early next year whether to run for re-election.
Supervisors John Jenkins, D-Neabsco, and Frank Principi, D-Woodbridge, were not available for comment.
Others running for chair, board
In addition to Nohe, two other candidates have announced plans to run for chair of the board next year:
Haymarket resident Ann Wheeler, a Democrat. Wheeler ran for Gainesville District supervisor in 2011. She has been a Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative board member for 14 years. She has also served on the Hylton Performing Arts Center Board for the past two years.
Woodbridge resident Don Scoggins, an independent. He 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.
In the Potomac District, two candidates have announced their intention to run for the seat being vacated by Caddigan:
Montclair resident Doug Taggart, a Republican. A retired U.S. Coast Guard officer, Taggart is the president of a small business called Overlook Systems Technologies, which provides engineering and technical services.
Dumfries resident Andrea Bailey, a Democrat. She previously ran in 2015. Bailey is a community activist and has served as the religious affairs director for the Prince William Area Branch of the NAACP since 2013. Her husband, Cozy Bailey, is the chapter president.
In the Coles District, three candidates plan to seek the seat being vacated by Nohe:
Real estate agent and small business owner Patrick Sowers, a Republican. He has been involved in the community including as president of the Winding Creek Homeowners Association, vice chair of the county’s community services board, and chair of the Coles district for the county’s Republican Party.
Manassas resident LaTonsha “LT” Pridgen, a Democrat. She is an IT project manager and plans to campaign on making sure everyone has a voice in local government.
Raheel Sheikh, owner of Manassas Auto & Tire. Gov. Ralph Northam appointed Sheikh earlier this year to the Virginia Board of Workforce Development.
In the Occoquan District, two candidates have announced plans to seek the Democratic nomination to oppose Anderson, a Republican, assuming she seeks re-election:
Kenny Boddye, a business development manager in the community association insurance industry and a community activist. Boddye is also the chairman of the Occoquan District Democratic Committee, chair of the Prince William NAACP’s criminal justice committee and on the environmental justice committee for the Virginia State Conference NAACP. Boddye unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination to be the delegate to represent the 51st district in 2017.
Aaron Edmond, a Navy veteran and a senior executive assistant at Vista Technologies. Edmond said the district needs a fighter who will work for residents and have a strong vision for the next decade.
In the Woodbridge District, if Principi seeks re-election, he will have competition for the Democratic nomination from Margaret Franklin. Franklin is the legislative director for U.S. Rep. Al Lawson of Florida and is an alternate commissioner for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission. She previously served as vice chair of the county’s Democratic Party committee.
In the Brentsville District, Democrat Maggie Hansford, a Bristow resident, plans to run against Lawson. Hansford has been a speech language pathologist and teacher for eight years.
Also up for election in November are several other countywide offices, including sheriff and commonwealth’s attorney. And voters will also elect members of the House of Delegates and state Senate.