Chris Crawford is challenging longtime incumbent Corey Stewart for the Republican nomination of the at-large position of Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. Mr. Crawford is a government contractor and first time candidate.
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1. Has Corey Stewart’s political aspirations (Rule of Law PAC in 2011, U.S. Senate in 2012, Lt. Governor in 2013) caused him to neglect his responsibilities as Prince William County Chairman?
I don’t know if his political aspirations have caused him to neglect his responsibilities or not… What I know is that when I look at the results he has produced during his time as chairman they are not what you would expect, or what is acceptable for the people of PWC. Based on the Board’s strategic plan, they are not doing well against any of the stated goals, whether it’s bringing new businesses to PWC or if it improving the schools performance on the SOL/SAT exams.
2. Would you support or oppose Prince William County Police Department officers to wear a body camera? Why or why not.
I support allowing PWC Police to wear a body camera if they wish, however, I don’t think it should be mandatory.
3. In the last decade Prince William County has become one of the most diverse communities in Virginia, is there an assimilation problem with the growing immigration population?
I see where some immigrants have successfully integrated into the community quite well, and I see where some struggle. While I am strongly against illegal immigration, I think it is critical that we ensure legal immigrants who chose to live in our great county are able to be successful members of society. I believe there are a lot of resources available to assist new immigrants with assimilating to our country, charities that provides ESL training and other kinds of support. The county’s role in this is to ensure our policies do not discriminate against legal immigrants.
4. What is your vision for the Chairman position?
First, I don’t believe that leadership is positional, I think it’s behavioral. As chairman I will work to lead the BOCS to accomplish the goals it has laid out and to ensure we constantly striving to improve the quality of life for the citizens of PWC. Having said that, I have no desire to seek any changes in the structure of the board.
5. How will Prince William County be affected should President Obama’s Executive Order on immigration move forward?
It’s hard to predict the future, but one thing that I believe will happen is that we will finally be able to get a clear picture of the reality of who is living in PWC. At this time, there is a lot of speculation, which creates uneasiness in people. As the Chairman, I would at least want to know exactly what the county is dealing with in terms of an illegal population, which at this time, we cannot seem to nail down definitively.
6. Does your faith impact your decision making process?
Of course. Anyone that attempts to say their faith doesn’t impact their decision making is either lying or doesn’t understand what faith is about… I do however find it interesting that this seems to be a question that is exclusively asked of republicans, and specifically Christian republicans… has anyone ever asked Joe Lieberman how his faith impacts his decision making? As any public servant, my actions will be guided by the rule of law and what I believe is best for the people of this county, and that fits well within the parameters of my belief system.
7. Name the top three infrastructure projects you feel need to be addressed in Prince William County within the next four years.
Route 28, Route 1, VRE to the Western side of the county.
8. How can the Board of Supervisors improve transparency in local government?
I think there are several ways to improve transparency. I’m a believer in results. One easy way to improve transparency is to publish the counties strategic plan that outlines the objectives of the Board, and show the performance against the states objectives… just like in any business, that typically has a “scorecard” that shows their performance against key metrics, the county should do the same. There is also a lot we can do with the type and frequency of communication.
9. Was there any viable alternative to the 4.5% raise in real estate taxes the Board of Supervisors and Chairman Corey Stewart voted for?
I would assume so, given they voted for a budget guidance of 1.3%… if there was no viable alternative, why would they have ever voted for the 1.3% in the first place? I’m working under the assumption they actually did some research prior to voting and not just playing games. As for specifics alternative, I am not privy to all the info the supervisors reviewed in their decisions, and can’t sight specific examples of wasteful. It think this goes back to the question of transparency.
10. How would you grade Corey Stewart’s tenure as Chairman?
I’ll leave the grading up to the voters, but when I looked at his performance it made me enter this race.