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Corey Stewart has second challenger for Prince William board seat

Another Prince William County resident has stepped up to challenge Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R) in the 2011 elections.

Gainesville resident Gary C. Friedman, chairman of the county planning commission, will contend for a spot on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors for the fourth time.

Friedman, 59, was defeated in the race for the Gainesville district seat in 1999 and 2003. In 2006, he lost to fellow Democrat Sharon Pandak, who then lost in a special election to Stewart.

"The county is ready for new political leadership and I think I can provide that," Friedman said.

Friedman said the county needs "substantial" economic development to occur to reduce the pressure on the residential tax base. As a member of the planning commission, he said he is "extremely familiar" with land use issues and knows what development will and won't benefit the county. He also said the county needs to provide more incentives to attract developers in the areas where the county wants to focus growth, like Woodbridge, which is poised for redevelopment, he said.

Friedman, a father of three, has been active in the county for 20 years, he said. He also served as the program director for the nonprofit Action in Community Through Service for 10 years.

Friedman will face not only Stewart, but Independent John Gray who filed an application with the Virginia State Board of Elections in June to vie for the chairman's seat. Gray said he decided to run after Stewart announced his plan to lobby for new legislation that would crack down on illegal immigration in Virginia. Gray said Stewart was no longer focused on county issues.

Friedman somewhat echoed Gray's concern.

"I look at what I can do to make things work better in Prince William County," Friedman said. "I do not look at Prince William as a springboard for other offices. ... I think that makes me different."

Jennifer Buske

By Jennifer Buske  |  September 17, 2010; 8:45 AM ET
Categories:  Corey Stewart , Jennifer Buske , Prince William  
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Maybe Friedman, if elected, will help recover the NINE MILLION TAX DOLLARS that were stolen by the County's IT department over a 5-year period by creating fake companies whose bogus vouchers were "paid" by the Finance department, no questions asked!

Posted by: kinkysr | September 17, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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