Longtime Montclair resident Doug Taggart eked out a win in today's Republican primary for the Potomac District supervisor's race, beating his opponent Davon Gray by just 14 votes.

Taggart has served on the Montclair Property Owners' Association Board of Directors since the late 1990s. He is a retired U.S. Coast Guard officer and president of Overlook Systems Technologies, Inc., a Vienna-based engineering firm. 

Taggart garnered 347 of the 680 votes cast in the Potomac District in today's nominating contest, which was run by the Prince William County Republican Committee. Gray won 333 votes, according to results the GOP committee released tonight.

Taggart will face Democrat Andrea Bailey in the Nov. 5 general election for the supervisors' races. Longtime Supervisor Maureen Caddigan, who has held the seat for nearly 30 years, is not seeking re-election.

Taggart has said he only sought the post because Caddigan is stepping down. He is currently treasurer of the homeowners’ association and helped guide major improvements to the Lake Montclair dam, which were prompted by changes in state regulations. That project closed the lake last summer and cost about $1.7 million. Taggart said he played a part in helping Montclair secure state grants to help pay engineering costs for the project.

Taggart says he’s running to bring an engineer’s sensibility to the board and would approach issues with an open mind. He said he’s not opposed to a federal study into extending Metro into Prince William County, an initiative that has so far failed to win support from the county board's Republican majority.

Taggart said he’d also work on bringing more economic development to the U.S. 1 corridor.

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