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Posted at 4:30 PM ET, 01/ 3/2011

Haymarket council member to challenge Corey Stewart

By Jennifer Buske

A Haymarket Town Council member said he plans to challenge Corey A. Stewart for the chairmanship of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors.

Robert B. "Bob" Weir of Gainesville said at a recent county board meeting that he wants to run for the chairman's seat next year, citing a lack of transparency and leadership in Prince William County government.

"It's been said there are four boxes to use in defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo and I've worn my soap box out," Weir said to county supervisors. "Leadership and good public policy start at the top and I'm not seeing much. I don't want to do this, but I am going to do this."

Weir has spent almost seven years on the Haymarket Town Council. Haymarket is an incorporated town in Prince William, with a population just over 1,000.

Weir is one of four people who have announced plans tochallenge Stewart. Independent John Gray, Democrat and county planning commission chairman Gary C. Friedman and Tito Muñoz, also known as 'Tito the Builder' have all said they will vie for the seat.

Stewart has said he plans to seek reelection. He has also, however, talked about making a run at a U.S. Senate seat.

Weir was not able to be reached for further comment.

By Jennifer Buske  | January 3, 2011; 4:30 PM ET
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