A Haymarket woman announced Monday that she will run for chair of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors in the November 2019 election.
Ann Wheeler, who has lived in the Haymarket area since 2001, said in a news release that she will campaign to “build the schools we need” and “pay our teachers what they deserve,” according to a news release.
At-large Chair Corey Stewart is on the ballot in three weeks as the Republican nominee challenging U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine. The Democrat is seeking a second term.
“I will be a chair who can bring vision, leadership, integrity and inclusivity to the position,” Wheeler said. “Prince William County’s reputation has declined and suffered throughout Virginia and the country with the divisive and embarrassing rhetoric under Corey Stewart’s 12-year tenure. Mr. Stewart’s limited vision and short-sightedness has left our county with some of the most overcrowded schools and worst traffic in the region. The election in 2019 must see a change in the direction we have been heading.”
Wheeler ran against Pete Candland in 2011 to represent the Gainesville district on the board. Candland, a Republican, garnered more than 56 percent of the vote compared to Wheeler's 43 percent.
Wheeler 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 last two years.
She recently completed a two-year term as president of the Prince William Committee of 100, a non-partisan civic organization that provides a forum to raise awareness of county issues. Wheeler served as chair of the Prince William County Board of Social Services from 2010 to 2011.
“I will bring inclusiveness for all citizens to Prince William County,” Wheeler said. “As chair of the board of social services, I developed a clear sense of the key challenges facing our large and diverse county and the issues that must be addressed.”
She also said she would make Prince William County attractive and welcoming to large and small prospective businesses. “Every four years we hear candidates’ campaign on bringing more commercial business to the county; yet our homeowners are still paying over 80 percent of the county real-estate taxes," Wheeler said. "This needs to change."