Prince William County
As Supervisor, I will work with my fellow Supervisors and other local officials to address issues that impact the overall health and well-being of those living in Prince William County.
I believe in the primacy of education! Although Prince William ranks among the top 20 richest counties in the United States, our public school system is suffering due to overcrowding and underfunding. In Coles District alone, 67% of our middle schools and 60% of our high schools suffer from overcrowding and there are 206 classroom trailers making up for insufficient classroom space throughout Prince William County. I believe the Board of Supervisors needs to work more closely with our school board and state officials to find smarter, safer solutions that ensure that we are able to provide our children – our future- with the highest quality of education in an environment that is conducive to learning. Together we can work to bridge the salary gap between our educators and those in neighboring counties. Our teachers should be able to afford to live in the county in which they serve.
Economic development is a necessity if Prince William is to remain a vibrant community. However, we need economic development that does not strain our already overburdened infrastructure. This requires holistic, strategic thinking and planning that seeks the greatest good for ALL those living in the county. I will focus on sound economic development that is resident-centric and emphasizes bringing jobs to the county instead of taking them away. Currently, 67% of the working population living in Coles commutes outside of the county to work. We deserve to be able to work where we live.
Transportation has been a long-standing source of frustration for those who live in Prince William County. We battle with overcrowded roads, bottle-necks, restricted access, limited public transportation, and expensive toll prices as we travel both inside and outside of the county. Addressing these transportation issues will mean doing things differently. A wise person once said, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always gotten.” We cannot continue to view our transportation issues through the same lens and approach them in with the same mindset. I will work with the other members of the board and local and state officials to increase our public transportation offerings across the county, expand service and hours where it makes sense, and improve our roads and sidewalks to provide more transportation options so that we can spend less time in our cars and more time at homes with our families.