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“UPDATED: Prince William supervisors defer vote on Stone Haven”

by Jill Palermo, InsideNova.com

7-8 Oct 2014

“For months, opponents of Stone Haven have complained about the additional traffic and school overcrowding they’re convinced will occur if Prince William County officials approve another 1,650 new homes in Brentsville.

“But the recent resignation of former Supervisor Wally Covington offered another reason to object Tuesday when the project was up for a final review before the county Board of Supervisors.

“The Brentsville supervisor’s seat on the dais is currently empty, meaning the vote was poised to occur without formal representation of those who live closest to the proposed development.

“During a two-hour public hearing on the matter that included more than 60 speakers, Patty McKay, president of the Nokesville Civic Association, was among many who declared the situation unacceptable to Brentsville residents.

” ‘I believe it’s unprecedented that such an important vote take place when we have no representative for our citizens,’ McKay said. ‘Whether that’s legal or not, it is right that this vote be deferred until we have a representative.’

‘That sentiment – as well as some confusion about whether Stone Haven would relieve or exacerbate high-school overcrowding – prompted Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart to call for the vote to be deferred until Jan. 20, about a month after a Dec. 23 special election to fill the Brentsville seat.

“The motion, approved unanimously, came after Stewart called on school staff to explain student projections for west-end county high schools, which are already overcapacity by hundreds of students.

“The issue is particularly important to Stone Haven because the project’s major selling point is the donation of an 85-acre site for the county’s 13th high school, which landowner E.V. Hunter Trust is offering in lieu of cash proffers for schools.

“In total, E.V. Hunter Trust is offering more than $91.2 million in land donations for schools, parks and playing fields as well as three miles of road improvements that would extend University Boulevard and Rollins Ford Road though the proposed subdivision, which would be located just south of Jiffy Lube Live near the intersections of Linton Hall, Wellington and Devlin Roads.  [For more info on this, see the following link:   You’ve Been Lied To Again And Again]

“The project’s many perks – as well as the landowner’s efforts over the past two years to consult area residents in a series of community meetings – won praise from about half of those who spoke during the meeting Tuesday.

“Brentsville resident Bob Talbert said he liked the idea of having another well-planned neighborhood on the now vacant land instead of an industrial complex, shopping mall or office building, which is what county zoning rules would currently allow.

” ‘This piece of land is the last piece of the puzzle and you have an opportunity to get it just right,’ Talbert said. ‘And I think this site plan does that.’

“Although some supervisors agreed that Stone Haven’s plan for a mix of homes, townhomes, parks and commercial space looked appealing, their questions about the project focused on school overcrowding and whether the development would improve or worsen conditions for county high school students.

“Early in the meeting, School Board Chairman Milt Johns gave a lengthy statement in which he told supervisors the school division does not have another site under consideration for the 13th high school and is counting on the land donation to open the new school as scheduled in the fall of 2019.

“When supervisors asked Johns if the school division needs the site with or without Stone Haven, Johns’ response was emphatic.

” ‘Yes, we need it yesterday,’ he said. ‘I’m trying to be flip, but Patriot is full. Battlefield is filling up again… all of the schools on the west end are full.’

“After the public hearing, Stewart, R-At Large, and Supervisor Frank Principi, D-Woodbridge, pressed school planning supervisor Dave Beavers about whether Stone Haven’s new residents would result in the new high school being immediately overcrowded.

“Beavers said the school division expects existing west-end high schools to be at least 1,600 students overcapacity by the 2018-19 school year even without the addition of new residents. Add Stone Haven into the mix, and that number would likely rise to 1,800, Beavers said.

” ‘So, effectively, on day one of the 13th high school, we will be at or over capacity?’ Principi asked.

” ‘That would be a reasonable statement,’ Beavers answered.

“Stewart said the board would have to have ‘some better numbers’ from the school division before its final vote.

” ‘Because one way or another, the Board of Supervisors can’t just look at the school system and say, [school overcrowding is] your problem,’ Stewart added. ‘Ultimately, it’s all our problem.’

“Both Jeanine Lawson and Scott Jacobs, the only two candidates vying to fill Covington’s seat in the Dec. 23 election, attended the meeting. But only Lawson spoke from the podium to urge a delay in the vote.

“In an interview after the meeting, Lawson said she remains undecided about the project and needs more information about whether the school division is prepared to purchase a school site if Stone Haven is not approved.

” ‘It sounds like [school officials] need to come back with more answers,’ Lawson added. ‘Clearly a lot of people in the Brentsville District are tired of having their kids in trailers and oversized classrooms.’ “

“Packed house as Lawson gets GOP nod for Brentsville seat”

by Jill Palermo, InsideNova.com

2 Oct 2014

“The outcome had already been decided, but that didn’t keep 641 voters from attending a Republican mass meeting Wednesday to formally nominate Jeanine Lawson their party’s candidate in the upcoming special election to fill the Brentsville seat on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.

“Lawson, 45, was the only candidate declared eligible to seek the nomination after Scott Jacobs, who’d also sought the Republican nod, was disqualified from the contest Sunday for not properly filing his candidate paperwork.

“Still, Lawson’s supporters nearly filled the Patriot High School auditorium to hear former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli make the motion to nominate Lawson by acclamation.

“Cuccinelli, who lives in the Brentsville District, said he met Lawson when she helped him campaign for his state senate seat about 10 years ago. He praised her as ‘a great listener, a hard-worker and an intelligent woman who we will be very proud… to have as our supervisor.’

“The crowd responded to Cuccinelli’s motion with loud applause. Prince William County Republican Committee Chairman Bill Card then called for a voice vote, which was unanimous.

“Afterward, Lawson said she was ‘thrilled’ by the turnout.

” ‘I’m touched by it,’ Lawson said after shaking hands and snapping pictures with several voters after the meeting. ‘I’m very pleased. I think it speaks to the energy on the ground, the energy in the Brentsville District.’

“The Prince William County Republican Committee decided in June to hold a mass meeting to pick their candidate for the special election they were expecting to be called when the Virginia General Assembly appointed Supervisor Wally Covington, R-Brentsville, to a vacant judgeship on the Prince William County District Court.

“Covington had been nominated by the Prince William County Bar Association late last year, and his appointment was initially expected in the spring or early summer. But a protracted battle over the state budget delayed the judicial appointments to the General Assembly’s extended special session, which took place last month.

“Lawson thanked her supporters for sticking with her throughout the extended campaign and said she is ‘happy, energized and confident’ looking forward to the Dec. 23 special election. She will likely face Jacobs, who declared his intent to run as an independent shortly after he was disqualified from the Republican contest. So far, no other candidates have signaled their intent to join the race.

“Lawson promised the crowd a ‘transparent and interactive’ governing style and said she would support job-friendly policies and only ‘tax-positive’ residential development.

“ ‘We need to stop the failed formula that has resulted in the unacceptable overcrowding of our schools,’ she said.

“In an interview after the meeting, Lawson said she planned to attend Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting when the board will vote on whether to approve Stone Haven, a residential development of 1,650 homes in the Brentsville District near Jiffy Lube Live. The planning commission has already given its blessing to the project, which members praised for its generous proffers, including a site for the county’s 13th high school.

“Lawson said she won’t support the project if the maximum number of homes remains at 1,650 and called it another example of the county’s ‘failed formula’ for new housing developments.

“ ‘When [developers] proffer land for schools, with the proposals come all these homes that quickly fill up the schools,’ Lawson said. ‘That’s why it’s a failed formula. We’ve relied on these developers and it’s not enough.’

“The winner of the Dec. 23 contest will serve as supervisor for the Brentsville District until January 2016. The entire Board of Supervisors will be up for re-election in November 2015.”

 

“Public hearing set tonight on Stone Haven project in Bristow”

by Jill Palermo, InsideNova.com

3 September 2014

“After about two years of discussion and debate, the Prince William County Planning Commission will hold its first public hearing tonight on the controversial large-scale residential development known as Stone Haven.

“The planned neighborhood, which would span more than 860 acres in an area just south of Jiffy Lube Live, could bring as many as 1,650 new single-family and townhomes to the already crowded Linton Hall corridor.

“But the developer has also promised to reserve more than 300 acres of property for public use – including about 90 acres for the county’s13th county high school, 30 acres for a new middle school and nine neighborhood parks featuring rectangular playing fields and walking trails.

“The commission meets tonight at 6:45 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors chambers at the county’s McCoart Administration Building.

“Stone Haven initially came before the board back in March 2012, when the developer first asked for change in the county’s long-range plan to accommodate the mixed-use residential development.

“Supervisors voted down the request but directed county planning staff to meet with area residents and study the comprehensive plan amendment required for the new neighborhood, which would change the area’s designated use from agriculture and industrial business to residential and office use.

“County Planning Director Chris Price said his staff held several meetings with area residents and homeowner associations since 2012 and is recommending approval.

” ‘We think the plan is better for having the community input and we think the applicant has addressed the desires of the community,’ Price said, which include donating sites for schools, saving trees for a buffer along major roadways and providing open space for parks and environmental assets.

“Traffic concerns were also addressed, Price said. The developer agreed to connect University Boulevard and Rollins Ford Road through the new neighborhood and will limit access to congested Linton Hall Road.

” ‘They’ll have to build that infrastructure before they build those homes,’ Price added.

“But proposed plan is likely to attract its share of detractors. Members of Prince William Citizens for Balanced Growth were circulating emails in recent days encouraging like-minded residents to speak out against the development, which they say will increase traffic and crowding in local schools and drain county resources.

“Jeanine Lawson, a Republican candidate running to represent the Brentsville Magisterial District on the County Board of Supervisors — either in 2015 or before if current Brentsville Supervisor Wally Covington (R) is appointed to a district judgeship – used her Facebook page to argue that a decision should be deferred because of bad timing. Because the hearing comes during a holiday week and the first week back to school, many residents might not have had time to read the 120-plus page proposal, she wrote.

“Beyond that, Lawson said she has questions about school projections and land set aside for parks.

” ‘The majority of parkland dedicated to the county appears to be land which is not usable for development – wetlands, streams and adjacent to high-voltage power lines,’ she wrote.

“Supervisor Pete Candland, R-Gainesville, also weighed in with his doubts this week.

“Candland said he doesn’t like that the plan was drawn with the old, lower proffer guidelines — permissible because it was submitted before the new, more expensive proffer rules took effect July 1 – and doesn’t think existing roadways can handle the extra traffic generated by thousands of new residents.

“Candland said he understands the school division needs the promised site for the 13th middle school but questions whether a new school would relieve overcrowding at nearby west-end high schools or just provide enough space to accommodate new students living in Stone Haven.

” ‘We keep getting ourselves behind the eight-ball. I mean, yes, we’re getting a site for the high school but we’re also adding all of those new kids,’ Candland said.

“The Board of Supervisors will have the final say on the Stone Haven comprehensive plan amendment and rezoning. The Planning Commission, which is appointed by the board, serves only an advisory role.”

http://www.insidenova.com/headlines/public-hearing-set-tonight-on-stone-haven-project-in-bristow/article_938a90ee-337b-11e4-ae86-001a4bcf887a.html

 

Jeanine Lawson, candidate for Brentsville Supervisor, on why she should succeed current Brentsville Supervisor Wally Covington

by Jeanine Lawson to PWCBG

22 March 2014

My vision for Prince William County and more specifically the Brentsville District includes the following:

I remain committed to the principles of balanced and responsible growth in Prince William County.  This issue was a major component of my campaign for Brentsville Supervisor in 2011.    We learned from the 2010 census that the Brentsville District grew in population by a staggering 102%, however our infrastructure needs have lagged behind.  As a result, residents endure the daily challenges of congested roads, crowded schools, and insufficient parks and recreation.  All of these impact our community’s quality of life.   In recent years I have become a leader in working for equitable solutions to improve our growing community’s needs.  Both residential and commercial development impacts the community.  For the last 2 decades, residential development has far outpaced commercial development.  We still have thousands of [residential] units approved and in line to be built.  I believe it’s prudent to let our infrastructure needs catch up instead of continuing down the path of over-development.  I’ve worked with other concerned citizens in the community standing up to the pressures of over-development and will continue to do so.

* School Capacity and Class Size Reduction: We simply cannot build public schools fast enough to keep up with the growth.  Currently, there are tens of thousands of additional homes approved to be built countywide.  And to make matters worse, our class sizes are at the highest state-allowed numbers.  I am committed to working with  Mr. Gil Trenum, (and honored to have his endorsement), Brentsville’s representative to the PWC School Board, and his colleagues to bring resolution to this problem.  Our kids and teachers deserve better!

* Attracting Business Growth: Commercial development needs attention and I will work aggressively to bring professional jobs to PWC.    Virginia is a very business-friendly state; we must take advantage of that.  Right now we have a significant amount of unused commercial property.    We need to aggressively bring more professional jobs to western PWC and fill these offices.  This will help our local economy, help balance our tax base, and reduces the work commute for some of our residents.

Right now, less than 20% of the county’s property tax revenue is from commercial and/or industrial property.  It is the BOCS who is responsible for voting to rezone business property to residential property, and frequently does so.  This trend needs to stop.  We need to do a better job of marketing our County’s assets to the business community.  We must take advantage of that, our proximity to our nation’s capital, and the high quality of our skilled work force.  This is a trio of rare assets, compared to many localities across the nation.  We can do better because of these!

* Conservative Fiscal Policy: PWC has the highest tax rate in Virginia when you include the real estate tax rate and other levies.  I expect all levels of government to be wise stewards of the people’s money.  Property owners have watched their tax bills climb and the County’s five year plan calls for tax increases for each of the next five years.  We can do better!

* Meaningful Transportation  Solutions:  Sitting in Northern Virginia traffic has sadly become a way of life.  One great way to fix this is to shorten workers’ commutes.  This is all the more reason to prioritize business growth and keep more PWC residents in the county during the work week.  Obviously, another great way to reduce traffic is to build meaningful roads that truly alleviate congestion.

I am committed to continuing the fight against the infamous Bi-County Parkway (BCP).  Property rights are under attack from VDOT’s over-reaching power grab, the historic Manassas Battlefield will forever be changed, local road closures will wreak havoc on our secondary roads, the Rural Crescent character and policy will be compromised, and hundreds of millions in tax dollars will be wasted to serve one special interest group. The proposed BCP does nothing more than take citizens’ land to build a road that does not connect to Dulles.  I’m proud of the work I’ve done with state and local elected officials and hundreds of local residents opposing the BCP.    We need meaningful transportation solutions and road projects that do not serve just special interest groups.  We can do better!

* Preserving the Rural Crescent:  Ultimately, a balanced growth policy protects the taxpayers, students, property owners, commuters. I am proud to support Prince William County’s rural community and remain committed to my pledge of protecting the Rural Crescent (RC).   One way we can achieve balanced growth is by keeping the RC policy in place, which prevents our rural community from falling prey to over-development.  I also support the need for more parks and recreational open space.  Our community needs it.   I am currently working with local neighborhood citizens on various development projects that would affect not just open spaces and recreation, but also home values.   We can do better!

People know they can count on me as a trusted advocate for the community.  I am committed to a balanced approach to growth and equitable solutions that will improve our quality of life.

——– Original Message ——–
Subject:     Brentsville Supervisor Race
Date:     Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:30:55 -0400
From:     Ralph Stephenson <stephenrk1@verizon.net>
To:     Lawson, Jeanine <huntjosie@msn.com>, Jeanine Lawson <jeaninelawson@msn.com>

Hi, Jeanine.  I understand you’ll be a Republican candidate to replace Wally Covington as Brentsville District Supervisor on the PW Board of County Supervisors.

Please advise whether you support the balanced growth principles espoused by Prince William Citizens for Balanced Growth (PWCBG) at the following weblink:Why balanced growth is important

Understand that the only known Democratic candidate Don Shaw has already given a response as has the only other known Republican candidate Scott Jacob.  Your response or failure to respond will be noted on the website, along with their responses.  Thank you.

Ralph D. Stephenson, PWCBG


Apr 2011-Jun 2014 Lawson for Prince William County Board of Supervisors campaigns raise $84,947,  including $8,324 (10%) from developers

Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP), Virginia’s authoritative source on the role of money in state politics.

Lawson for Supervisor Total Campaign Contributions and Expenses 2011-2014

Lawson for Supervisor Campaign Contributions 2011-2014 by Industry Sector

“Election Results: Brentsville District”

Bull Run Observer

2 September 2011, pp. 1, 12

“Wally Covington edged out newcomer Jeanine Lawson by 157 votes in the Aug. 23 Republican primary election to capture a third term representing Brentsville District on Prince William Board of County Supervisors.  He has no oppostion in the Nov. 8 general election.

“Covington tallied 1647 votes to Lawson’s 1490, giving him 52.50 percent of the vote to her 47.49 percent, in unofficial returns from the county voter registrar’s office.

“The winner reported he ‘is excited about serving the community for another four years,’ and working to bring ‘jobs and economic growth to western Prince William County.’  He noted the earthquake on election day might have hurt him because voters ‘were stuck in traffic and unable to get home to vote.’

“The incumbent took seven of the 12 precincts.  He was victorious in Brentsville District 197 to 124 votes; Cedar Point with 144 to 99 votes; Nokesville, 232 votes to 117; Stonewall Jackson, 40 to 23 votes, Marsteller, 213 to 103; Piney Branch, 93 to 59 votes, and Buckland Mills, 152 to 98.

“There were 33,287 persons registered to vote in the primary election in Brentsville District, and 8.7 percent of them voted, higher than the 6.4 percent county average, the registrar’s office explained.

“Covington, an attorney, moved to the county more than 20 years ago.  He and his wife, Connie, have three children.”

“Lawson takes on Covington in Brentsville”

by Dan Roem, Gainesville Times

19 May 2011, pp. A1, A8

“After gliding to re-election in 2007 without a primary or general election challenger, Brentsville District Supervisor Wally Covington (R) will actually have to compete for his job this year.

“Gainesville homemaker and GOP activist Jeanine Lawson (R) is set to kick off her campaign this Friday outside of the district at the Evergreen Country Club Haymarket as she challenges Covington in the Republican primary.

“The one-time financial donor to Covington said the supervisor ‘hasn’t changed a whole lot’ since he first won election in 2003.  ‘He’s always been pro-growth,’ she said.

“She contrasted herself to Covington, saying ‘the more I matured through my political involvement, my eyes began to open to how unmanaged growth can affect lives.’

“After redistricting, the newly configured Brentsville District includes the precincts of Bristow Run, Cedar Point, Glenkirk, Nokesville, Limestone, Stonewall Jackson, Marsteller, Victory, Piney Branch, Buckland Mills and Brentsville.  Those precincts are in Gainesville, Bristow, Nokesville, Brentsville and parts of Manassas.

“An Iowa native, Lawson graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1992 and moved to the Linton Hall corridor in 1995.  She cites residential growth, taxes, transportation and illegal immigration as her top issues along with the need for more recreational facilities in the western half of the county.

“Her illegal immigration stance is simplest as it calls for no changes to the county’s current policy.

“During a Monday night phone interview, it appeared that development is her subject of choice.

” ‘First of all, I would make park improvements a top priority,’ she said.

“She criticized the Board of County Supervisors for considering, in her view, park services late in the budget process this year while opting to spend money on extending the second phase of University Boulevard and Rollins Ford Road between Gainesville and Bristow instead of the first phase.

“The intersection for Rollins Ford Road and Linton Hall Road ‘is beyond me,’ she said, noting that a traffic light, scheduled to eventually come on line, was not installed earlier in a planning phase.

“Because of that, Lawson explained that some of her neighbors along the Linton Hall corridor drive through multiple subdivisions in the morning so they can drop their kids off at school ‘simply to avoid that dangerous intersection.’

“In order to pay for more road improvements, Lawson supports some projects being funded by the county’s capital improvements budget but mostly through increased pledges made by residential developers that offset quality-of-life costs associated with their projects.

” ‘I’d like to see our proffers even get tougher,’ she said.  ‘(We should) proffer more than what we are getting now.’

“Though noting that the real estate market had been ‘hitting a brick wall’ before its more recent recovery, Lawson advocated for the increase as a way to slow down development.  That comes at a time when there are still thousands of designated lots still waiting to be developed throughout the county.

” ‘Why we would continue to add to the supply side of this, I’m not certain of it,’ she said.

“When asked how increasing proffer regulations reconciles with her view of limited government, she responded that she does not ‘deem proffers as government regulation.’

” ‘It’s up to the Board [of Supervisors] of our county to dictate policy that’s going to provide growth,’ she said.  ‘So I dismiss that argument altogether.’

“One growth project she spoke out against last year that distinguishes her from Covington was the rezoning of Avendale in the Rural Crescent.

“Located near Route 28 and Vint Hill Road, the site can now include up to 295 houses built by residential developer Brookfield Homes, due to a 5-3 vote by the Board of County Supervisors last August.

“Part of the proffer agreement from the deal calls for the creation of football fields that are leased out to the Gainesville-Haymarket Youth Football League, specifically, the Gainesville Grizzlies.

“Covington sided with the majority on the vote.

” ‘I would have voted against Avendale because I didn’t want to add more homes,’ Lawson said, adding that when it came to the open space requested by the Grizzlies organization for new fields, she would have ‘gone back to the drawing board.’

“Lawson said she plans to sign a pledge to protect the Rural Crescent while supporting mixed-use developments in other areas of the county.

“While she admitted to not knowing much about the county’s transfer of control of Silver Lake in Haymarket to the Park Authority instead of the privately held Bull Run Mountains Conservancy, she took issue with what she viewed as a lack of consistency in county policy on transferring open space to private entities.

“Several people seemed to think that managed growth means slow growth, or no growth.  I disagree,’ Lawson wrote on her campaign website.  ‘I want everybody to excel and that means growth.  My point is that we can manage our growth so that we all benefit.  It can be done, it just needs some common sense and some independent thinking.’

Learning Curve

“Lawson conceded that Covington is better versed than she is in some areas of growth, specifically citing the Innovation business corridor along the Prince William County Parkway. She said one of her first acts if she is elected would be to talk with the county’s economic development officials to figure out what’s the best way the county government can assist in high-end job creation.

” ‘There’s definitely been a learning curve since I decided to do this,’ said Lawson.

“As for why, then, Brentsville District residents should vote for her instead of someone with the experience of Covington, Lawson said, ‘because I think I can do a better job with managing growth … due to the improper infrastructure that should come with the growth but frankly has not.’

Politics

“While Lawson is a first-time candidate, she is no stranger to the electoral and political process due to her role within the local Republican Party during the last 11 years.

“Brentsville District School Board Representative Gil Trenum has appointed her to the Safe Schools Advisory Council.  She served as Glenkirk Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Organization treasurer for a year and on School board committees for textbooks and school naming.

“Politically, Lawson served as Prince William County GOP vice-chairwoman from 2008-2010 and is a member of the Bull Run Republican Women’s Club.

“Throughout the last decade, Lawson contributed $8,157 to Republican and conservative candidates and committees according to the Virginia Public Access Project website, while donating no money to Democratic candidates or committees.  Her top seven donors all hailed from within the county.

“That list, compiled between 2001 and 2010, includes $2,600 to the Prince William County Republican Committee, $1,025 to Manassas Del. Bob Marshall (R-13th), $750 to Gainesville District Supervisor John Stirrup (R), $600 to former Prince William County chairman Sean Connaughton (R), $600 to four–time state Senate candidate Bob FitzSimmonds (R) and $350 to Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart (R).

“FitzSimmonds, in turn, paid Lawson $2,000 in 2007 for working on his last campaign.

“Lawson also donated to Stewart during his 2003 run for Occoquan District supervisor.  During that same year, she gave Covington $150 for his inaugural run for the board.

“Perhaps one of the most compelling parts about Lawson’s GOP activism came in 2010 as she volunteered for congressional candidate Keith Fimian’s (R) second run at the 11thcongressional district seat against Rep. Gerry Connolly (D).

“During the Republican primary, Lawson served as a volunteer in the Limestone precinct and campaigned for Fimian door-to-door from March to June, hitting every home at least once, she [said] last year.

“Fimian ended up winning 94 percent of the vote (204 votes to 14) in Limestone against Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity (R) on his way to clinching the GOP nomination.  In his loss to Connolly that following November, Fimian won 60 percent of the vote in Limestone.

” ‘It’s our message that people (care) about and that’s jobs, taxes and the economy,’ she said at the time.  ‘And illegal immigration.  That’s another one.’ ”


“Lawson in race for Brentsville supervisor”

The Bull Run Observer

3 Jun 2011, p. 15

“Jeanine Lawson, a longtime resident of the Linton Hall corridor and a Republican leader has announced her candidacy for the Brentsville District seat on the County’s Board of Supervisors and launched her campaign May 20.

“Lawson said in a news release, ‘Our district grew 102 percent in the last decade without the proper infrastructure to support the growth.  I want to serve the residents of the Brentsville District with better management of residential growth, fight to reduce our rising property taxes and work to attract more professional jobs to Prince William County.’

“Lawson has been an active leader in the community, informing citizens of development that will affect the Brentsville District.

“If elected supervisor, Lawson said she plans to have an open line of communication with constituents through newsletters, a website and regular district wide meetings.

” ‘I will place a high value on constituents’ input, and keeping them informed on the issues will be a top priority.  I will work for them,’ she said in her news release.

“Lawson said she and her husband, Dan, have lived in the Bridlewood Community for nearly 17 years.  They are raising two children who both attend Prince William County public schools.

“She has been a leader and volunteer in the community ranging from treasurer of the Glenkirk Elementary PTO to Vice Chair of the county’s Republican Party.  Lawson believes that the county can better manage growth and continue to prosper.

“More information on her candidacy can be found on the website: www.lawsonforsupervisor.com

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