Why Iâ€™m Supporting John Gray
Iâ€™m supporting John Gray for Prince William County Chairman at this weekendâ€™s Republican Convention for two important reasons:
As a longtime Prince William County resident, I believe strongly that our county is headed in the right direction.Â Working closely with some (but not all) of his fellow Board Members, Sean Connaughton has created and now leaves behind a legacy of responsible governance that make us the envy of jurisdictions across the country.Â John Gray is both willing and able to lead Prince William County along the path set by Connaughton and ensure our continued success.Â Corey Stewart, on the other hand, has promised to make radical changes in growth and taxes that I, for one, do not believe our current infrastructure is prepared to support.Â If elected, I donâ€™t believe that Stewart will be able to pass these changes while working with a more responsible and reasonable Board.Â But the continued divisiveness that have been a hallmark of Stewartâ€™s brief tenure on the Board will only serve to hinder continued progress.
Iâ€™ve said this before and Iâ€™ll state it again here: I do not believe that Corey Stewart can win a county-wide race.Â As recent trends illustrate, this will not be an easy race for a Republican nominee.Â Demographic changes and anti-Republican sentiments demand that the GOP nominee be a uniter and not a divider.Â We need someone who can not only hold the Republican vote together, but also win moderates and independents.Â Stewartâ€™s positions and demeanor will make it difficult for him to secure the moderate Republican vote, let alone benefit from independent and crossover support.Â It appears, in fact, that despite having significant lead-time and a process giving him every advantage, Stewart has been barely able to enlist more delegates for the convention than an opponent who entered the race at literally the last minute.Â I further believe, the feelings of our friends from the Taxpayers Alliance aside, that taxes will not be a major issue in this election, especially when considering our needs in the areas of transportation, education and public safety.Â While growth may be a significant issue for some, the fact that Stewart and Friedman share similar views on the subject essentially negate any possible advantage in this area.Â John Gray, on the other hand, can offer voters from across the political spectrum the alternative to stay the course and continue in a positive direction.
Based on the numbers Iâ€™m hearing, this is going to be a very close race.Â Despite getting into the game very late, Gray has earned a tremendous amount of support.Â It will all depend on who shows up on Saturday but, of the approximately 950 delegates, my guess is that John has close to 450 (compared to 500 for Stewart).Â I donâ€™t know the district-by-district makeup at this point.Â Â But Iâ€™d say itâ€™s anyoneâ€™s ball game.