First, I’d like to congratulate both Victor Angry and Devinder Singh for stepping up to run for local office. Some of the most important challenges facing our communities are addressed right here at the county level, and it speaks volumes of both candidates to put themselves out there to address those challenges. Supervisor John D. Jenkins is a legend in Prince William County, and building on his legacy is no easy task. In the end, the voters of the Neabsco District favored Victor, and I can only begin to describe what this means.
As has been well-publicized at this point, Supervisor Angry will be the first African American to sit on the board of supervisors in our county board’s 150-year history. In a majority-minority county where African Americans and those of African descent make up over one-fifth of the population, this has been long overdue.
I am a descendant of enslaved Africans brought to Virginia in the late 1700s. As a member of the Prince William NAACP and other local organizations, I have advocated for numerous local candidates of color over the last few years.
While we have had – and continue to have – allies on the board of supervisors, having actual representation matters. On top of being a veteran, volunteer firefighter and small business owner, Victor will bring a lifetime of experience which will provide a perspective our county government has been sorely lacking. If I have the honor of becoming the Democratic nominee and prevailing in November it will be an honor serve alongside him next year.