Democrat Ann Wheeler appears to have won her bid for at-large chair of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors Tuesday, becoming the first Democrat elected to the post since Kathleen Seefeldt left office in 1999.
With 81.9 percent of the precincts reporting, Wheeler has garnered 54.82 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results published by the Virginia Public Access Project. Republican nominee John Gray appears to be the next highest vote-getter with 35.68 percent of the vote, followed by independents Muneer Baig, with 5.07 percent, and Don Scoggins with 4.44 percent, according to VPAP.
Wheeler, former chair of the Prince William County Board of Social Services, emphasized "inclusivity" in a campaign that focused on education, transportation and economic development.
On Tuesday, Wheeler said she owed her win to the to the people of Prince William County who want change, and to the hard work of Democrats on the ground.
Wheeler said Prince William voters had responded to her campaign promises to improve the county’s transportation, provide more funding for the school system and bring more jobs to the county.
"I think they’re ready to try someone who’s offering all three of those things,” Wheeler said.
Current county Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, an outspoken Republican who unsuccessfully ran for Virginia governor and U.S. Senate during his last term in office, has served in the county's top elected post since winning a special election in 2006.
Stewart announced he would not seek re-election in January.