It’s now certain that residents will see a new Prince William Board of County Supervisors after November’s election.
Before the primaries, there were already expected to be a few new faces on the board. Chairman Corey Stewart and Potomac District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan had announced they would not seek re-election.
With the death of John Jenkins in February, that meant that there would be at least three new board members.
Last month, Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe lost the GOP primary for board chairman to accountant John Gray, and Tuesday’s results included the surprise defeat of Woodbridge Supervisor Frank Principi in the Democratic primary for his seat, meaning there will be at least five supervisors on the eight-member board who were not there in January.
THE ROAD TO NOVEMBER
Haymarket Democrat Ann Wheeler will face Gray in the board chair race, along with and three independent candidates: Donald Scoggins, Jesse Maggitt Jr. and recently announced Muneer Baig.
Incumbent Brentsville Supervisor Jeanine Lawson, a Republican, will face a challenge from Democrat Maggie Hansford, a speech language pathologist in Prince William County Public Schools.
Raheel Sheikh won the primary for Coles District supervisor Tuesday and will face Yesli Vega, the Republican nominee, in November.
Gainesville Supervisor Pete Candland, a Republican who has served on the board since 2012, will face Democrat Danny Funderburk, who works in learning and development for construction site development firm William A. Hazel, Inc.
Newly-elected Supervisor Victor Angry, D-Neabsco, the county’s first African American supervisor, will face a second challenge from Republican Devinder Singh, who lost to Angry in the April special election.
Democrat Kenny Boddye will challenge Republican Supervisor Ruth Anderson in the Occoquan District.
The race for the open Potomac District seat will be between Democrat Andrea Bailey and Republican Douglas Taggart.
And Margaret Franklin will likely run unopposed in November after her win the Democratic primary Tuesday against Principi.
Josh King won the Democratic nomination for sheriff, defeating Brian Fields, 8,410 votes to 4,558 votes. Along with independent candidate Rhonda Dickson, King will challenge incumbent Republican Sheriff Glen Hill in November.
Amy Ashworth won the Democratic nomination for the Prince William region’s commonwealth’s attorney. She received 9,268 votes and Tracey Lenox received 5,532 votes.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert is set to retire at the end of the year after serving in the position for 52 years.
“The voters of this community have shown that they are ready for drastic and lasting change in our commonwealth’s attorney’s office,” Ashworth said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing the work we’ve started and bringing real criminal justice reform to our jurisdiction.”
Ashworth, a former prosecutor in the county, will campaign against Republican Mike May for the open seat in November.
“Going into the general election, voters will have a choice between a prosecutor and a politician,” Ashworth said. “The reality is only an experienced prosecutor will ensure justice is fairly and appropriately administered in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.”
After Democrats defeated several incumbents in the 2017 races for the General Assembly, local Democrats are hopeful the same thing will tip the Board of County Supervisors to Democratic control.
Triangle resident Bennie Smith Jr. said he sees energy this year around Democratic supervisor candidates and education and transportation issues will drive voters to polls.
“I gave $50 to $60 before and now I’m giving $100s, because I know how important schools are,” Smith said. “If we have great schools, it drives everything — housing and jobs.”