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Ann Wheeler announces bid for Chairman of Prince William County Board of Supervisors

Community leader Ann Wheeler announced her candidacy Oct. 15 for the Chair-At Large, of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.

Wheeler is the immediate past president of the Prince William Committee of 100 and a former chairman of the Prince William Board of Social Services. She has been a member of the NOVEC Board of Directors since 2002 and on the Hylton Performing Arts Center Board since 2016.

During her term as chair of the Prince William County Board of Social Services from 2010-2011, Wheeler, who has an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago, said she mastered the operations of the County and its budgeting process.

She attended the PWC Community Leadership Institute in 2004. She then served on various community and civic boards including the Stonewall Middle School Advisory Council (2010-2011), Board of Social Services (2006-2011),  Shelter Lakes Homeowners Association (2004-2007), Gainesville District Budget Committee (2005-2007) and Prince William County School Northern Boundary Committee (2005-2006).

Wheeler said all of these positions have all provided her with a clear perspective on “how Prince William County has tremendous opportunity that has not been realized over the last 12 years.”

She outlined several policy areas on which she would focus on as Chair of the Board of Supervisors to realize Prince William County’s potential:

“I will be a Chair who can bring vision, leadership, integrity and inclusivity to the position. 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.”

“I will ensure our school system is adequately funded. The number of schools has not kept up with development. We have the largest class sizes in the state and the lowest paid teachers in the region. The Board of County Supervisors controls the funding for our schools, and they have woefully underfunded them. When elected to the Board, I will make it one of my primary missions to make sure we build the schools we need as well as pay our teachers what they deserve.”

“I will 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. This needs to change. The Board’s goal of adding only 500 jobs a year, in a county of 458,000, is shortchanging our taxpayers.”

“I will bring inclusiveness for all citizens to Prince William County. 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. I am running for Board Chair to make sure our future for all areas of the county are bright and prosperous.”

Before moving to Prince William County with her husband, John, and their two daughters, Wheeler spent 15 years working and consulting in the energy industry. Her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering is from Tufts University.

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