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Two express interest in Republican nomination for Coles District Supervisor

Yesli Vega and Paul O’Meara recently told the Prince William Republican Committee that they will seek the GOP nomination for the Coles District Supervisor seat currently held by Martin Nohe, who plans to run for chairman at-large of the Board of County Supervisors. Supervisor and board chairman elections will be held in November, 2019.

Vega, a military wife who is a former Alexandria police officer and a former Prince William County Sheriff’s deputy, said in a press release she will focus her campaign on public safety, lowering property taxes and a “more balanced approach to development.”

Born in Texas, she was raised in Northern Virginia and is a graduate of Annandale High School, her news release said. She and her husband, Rene, have two children who attend Prince William County Schools.

If elected, Vega said she would become the first minority representative on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors in county history.

O’Meara, a small business owner who has created jobs for 20+ years, said in a press release that his top priority is fixing Rt. 28. “Rt. 28 is a disaster and has to be fixed without any further delays, the gridlock on this road robs commuters of family time, work productivity, and erodes their quality of life,” he stated.

A lifelong Prince William County resident, O’Meara is a graduate of C.D. Hylton High School and George Mason University. A candidate for the Coles supervisor nomination in 2015, O’Meara said in his news release that he has spent “these last four years in ... service on the Prince William County Strategic Plan Team—successfully advocating a 35% commercial tax base that was approved by the Board of County Supervisors; [and] offering new ideas and working in collaboration as a member of the Prince William County Schools Task Force to indentify vital student safety infrastructure needs at the elementary school level.” He noted he is currently a member of the County’s Industrial Development Authority (IDA), and noted his” initiatives to enact greater transparency to the IDA, including standing up to fierce opposition by drafting and establishing a FOIA policy.”

He and his wife Melissa have two children.

Both candidates live in Coles Magisterial District, a requirement for Coles supervisor candidacy.

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