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Call for Virginia to be like Arizona brings challenger in Prince William

Post reporter Jennifer Buske has reported that Prince William supervisor Corey Stewart's call for Virginia to adopt Arizona-like immigration policies has earned him a challenger for his job.

On the Post Now blog, she reported:

A Prince William man said Friday that he has had enough of the chairman of the Board of County Supervisors Corey A. Stewart -- so he's going after the supervisor's job.

John Gray said Friday that he has filed an application with the Virginia State Board of Elections to become a candidate for chairman in the 2011 elections.

Although toying with the idea for awhile, Gray said he decided to do it after Stewart (R) announced Thursday his plan to lobby for new legislation that would crack down on illegal immigration in Virginia.

"He said he would work statewide on this [proposed legislation] for the rest of the year," said Gray, 59. "We need a chairman that's dedicated to Prince William. We have serious problems here and he's not serious about being chairman."

Gray said he ran for a seat on the board in 2007, but was defeated by current Occoquan supervisor Michael C. May. Gray said Stewart is only using Prince William as a "stepping stone" in order to reach his higher political aspirations.

Stewart had set his eyes on the lieutenant governor position a few years ago, however that faded when Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling ( R ) decided to run for reelection. The Republican Web site,, still has Stewart listed as a possible lieutenant governor candidate for the 2013 election.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 21, 2010; 12:13 PM ET
Categories:  Jennifer Buske , Prince William  
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Look I am against illegal immigration, but I have seen a perspective from the and its pretty good, not too sure about how often there are new stories on here but I am sure its info the main stream web media glosses over. We need to fix this problem

Posted by: republicanblack | June 21, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Gray lost to Stewart as a Democrat in the 2003 race for Occoquan Supervisor.

Gray lost to Stewart as a Republican in the nominating contest for the 2006 special election for County Chairman.

Gray lost to May as a Republican in the nominating contest for the 2007 special election for Occoquan Supervisor.

Gray lost to May as an Independent in the 2007 race for Occoquan Supervisor.

Can you say "perennial candidate" boys and girls? We knew you could!

Posted by: JTR555 | June 22, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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