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Issue 185

Friday, November 3, 2023

Prince William County

Dear Neighbors,

Only five states - Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia - hold elections in odd-numbered years. That means here in Prince William County, we go to the polls to cast our votes every year. Unfortunately, historically fewer people go to the polls in odd years like this one.

However, every year the offices up for election have a significant impact on your life. That is why the first two sections of this issue are devoted to providing you with all the information you need on voting, including how you can still vote early in-person at several locations across the County this Saturday, November 4th.

A large section of this week's issue is devoted to making sure you have all the information you need to vote in this election. For those of you who have already voted, thank you! For those who haven't, please make a plan now to ensure you cast your votes.

In Service,

Chair Ann Wheeler

How to Vote

Tuesday, November 7, is Election Day for the 2023 General Election. You can find key voting details below. More comprehensive voter information can be found on the PWCVotes, and the Virginia Department of Elections websites. 

Early In-Person Voting

Saturday, November 4, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, is the last day for early in-person voting. Eliminate the chance of something interfering with your ability to vote on Election Day by voting at any of the locations below on Saturday. 

Voting on Tuesday, November 7

Where to Vote

Tuesday, November 7, voting polls open at 6:00 am and close at 7:00 pm. The polls remain open to allow anyone in line by 7:00 pm to vote. Redistricting happens every 10 years based on the U. S. Census results. In April 2022, the Office of the Attorney General certified precinct boundaries and voting locations for 103 Election Day polling places for PWC voters.

How to Find Your Polling Location

Go to the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal, enter your name, date of birth, and last 4 of your SSN. Select Prince William County from the drop down-menu and click submit. Scroll down your Voter Information results webpage to the Polling Place section.  

What to Bring

Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of identification at the polls. The ID no longer must have a photograph. A list of acceptable IDs can be found here. If you get to your polling place without an acceptable ID, you can sign an ID statement affirming your identity, you will be able to vote a regular ballot.

Same-day Voter Registration

Beginning with the 2022 General Election, the Virginia General Assembly approved legislation that provides the ability to register at any time, up to and including Election Day. Learn more about the process here

Who's on the Ballot

Who's on the Ballot

In the November 7 General Election, you are voting for:

  • Member - Senate of Virginia
  • Member - Virginia House of Delegates
  • PWC County-wide representatives
  • PWC Magisterial District County Board Supervisor
  • PWC Magisterial District School Board Supervisor

You can view your sample ballot, listed by polling place, here.

How to Lookup Your Polling Place and Districts

In the Virginia Department of Elections' Voter Information Lookup form, submit your name, date of birth, last 4 of SSN, and select Prince William County from the drop-down menu and click submit. Scroll down on your results screen to see your:

  • Polling Place
  • Virginia Senate District
  • Virginia House of Delegates District

Commonwealth of Virginia Candidates

Senate of Virginia

29th District

Nikki N. Rattray Baldwin

Jeremy S. McPike

30th District

Bill C. Woolf, III

Danica A. Roem

33rd District

Mike L. Van Meter

Jennifer D. Carrol Foy

House of Delegates

19th District

Rozia A. "J.R." Henson, Jr

20th District

Sharon E. Ashurst

Michelle-Ann E. Lopes Maldonado

21st District

John T. Stirrup

Josh E. Thomas

22nd District

Ian Travis Lovejoy

Travis S. Nembhard

23rd District

James V. Tully

Candi Patrice Mundon King

24th District

Luke E. Torian

25th District

John S. Gray

Briana D. Sewell

PWC Candidates


Clerk Of Court

Jacqueline C. Smith

Hina Ansari

Commonwealth's Attorney

Matthew B. "Matt" Lowery 

Amy K. Ashworth



Glen Hill 

Joshua Lavon King 

Chairman Board of Supervisors

Jeanine M. Lawson

Deshundra L. Jefferson 

Chairman School Board

Babur B. Lateef 

Kimberly B. Mehlman-Orozco 

Caroline M. "Carrie" Rist

Soil And Water Conservation Directors

Jennifer S. Reed 

Levon J. Simpson 

Mansimran Singh Kahlon

Mary Lynn Jerrell 

Nancy J. Vehrs

Board of Supervisors by District


Thomas T. "Tom" Gordy 

Jim R. Gehlsen 



Yesli I. Vega

Idris A. Jibowu-O'Connor 


Robert B. "Bob" Weir 


Victor S. Angry


Karla A. Justice

Kenny Allen Boddye 


Verndell Charlotte Robinson

Andrea O. Bailey


Jeannie M. LaCroix 

Margaret Angela Franklin

School Board by District


Adele E. Jackson

Erica C. Tredinnick

Yesenia Lassiter


Lisa A. Zargarpur

Stephen D. Spiker


Jennifer T. Wall 



Padreus D. Pratter

Tracy L. Blake 

Michael C. Petko 



R. M. Jessie, Jr. 

Ryan Wilson Kirkpatrick


Justin D. Wilk 

Mario R. Beckles



Jaylen K. Custis 

Shantell E. Rock 

Loree Y. Williams 

Town Special Elections

Residents of the Towns of Haymarket and Quantico will also be voting in City Council Member Special Elections:

Chair's Calendar

Community Event

Sunday, October 29, Chair Wheeler participated in the 2023 Mayor's "Sneakers" Ball and Community Awards hosted by Dumfries Mayor Derrick Wood (left photo). The unique event combined sophistication with comfort. Chair Wheeler presented Nana Rokosz (center photo center) with the Volunteer of the Year award.

More About Nina

Nana Rokosz was recognition as Volunteer of the Year is a testament to her consistent, passionate, and multifaceted contributions to the Dumfries community. Her ability to inspire others, her active involvement in church and town events, and her dedication to community building, combined with her pivotal role in event planning, make her an exceptional and invaluable asset to Dumfries.


Wednesday, November 1, Chair Wheeler attended the Route 28 Widening Project ribbon-cutting ceremony in Centreville. The transformative multimodal project stretches from the PWC line at Bull Run to Route 29 in Centreville. Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) provided more than $28 million to bring this project to fruition. Speakers at the event included NVTA Chief Executive Officer Monica Backmon (center photo) and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay (far right photo).


Wednesday, November 1, Chair Wheeler and her office attended the PWC the first annual GovFest: Employee Connection Expo on the Plaza at the McCoart Complex. There were booths hosted by county agencies, games, scavenger hunts, music, prizes, food trucks, and more! It was a great opportunity for employees to learn more about the wide variety of County departments and agencies that serve our residents.

New Headquarters

Thursday, November 2, Chair Wheeler attended Box of Basics (Hometown Hero issue 49) ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new headquarters at 9239 Mike Garcia Drive in Manassas.

New Production Facility

Friday, November 3, Chair Wheeler spoke at the Mighty Meals ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new 16,000-square-foot production headquarters in Gainesville. The company’s $7 million facility includes a state-of-the-art kitchen, refrigeration storeroom, and shipping facility that will help the company expand distribution across 22 states in the next two years.

Mighty Meals' mission is to empower people to live healthier lives by being the leading provider of healthy, high-quality, locally sourced, chef-prepared meals that are delivered fresh to your door. Founded in 2015 in a small restaurant kitchen, it expanded into a 2500-square-foot commercial kitchen in Burke during the pandemic. The company now delivers thousands of meals per week and currently serves as the official meal prep company for the Washington Commanders, D.C. United, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Next Meeting

Tuesday, November 28

2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Links to the agenda and to register to participate in Public Comment Time remotely will be shared in the issue before the meeting.

County News

Upcoming Planning Commission Hearing

Wednesday, November 8, 2:00pm, the Planning Commission is a holding public hearing for the three rezoning cases for the Prince William Digital Gateway at the James J. McCoart Building, Board Chambers, 1 County Complex Court in Woodbridge. For those members of the public wishing to speak on any of the rezonings, signups will begin in person at noon in the atrium of the McCoart Building. Those wishing to speak remotely may sign up online here and must sign up before 5:00 pm Tuesday, November 7.  The public will not be able to access the Board Chambers until 1:30 pm. There will be some available seating available in the atrium. More information on the meeting can be found here.

Warmth for Those Who Need it

PWC Department of Social Services provides Hypothermia Shelter Services at two locations across the County from November 1, 2023, through March 31, 2024. Please contact the shelters below directly for location-specific availability and additional information. If you have any general questions about hypothermia services, you can email the Department of Social Services at [email protected].

StreetLight Ministries (Eastern Prince William County):

  • Open every evening during hypothermia season
  • Contact: [email protected] or call 703-227-7140
  • Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.
  • Location: Bill Mehr Drop-In Center, 14716 Potomac Mills Road in Woodbridge

Manassas Baptist Church (Western Prince William County):

  • Open when the temperature is 32 degrees or below (taking into consideration the wind chill factor)
  • Contact: 571-277-0728
  • Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday, 7:00 p.m. - 6:15 a.m. (except Wednesdays: 8:30 p.m. - 6:15 a.m.)
  • Location: Manassas Baptist Church, 8730 Sudley Road in Manassas

Availability and Capacity

Both StreetLight Ministries and Manassas Baptist Church can serve up to 22 persons on a first come, first served basis. It is advisable to contact the respective shelters directly for availability before seeking assistance.

It's 'Fall Back' Time

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 5, at 2:00 am when clocks are turned back one hour to 1:00 am. This annual Fall event is also a good time to think about the items below. 

It's a Good Time to Also:

  • Change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Check your vehicle's tire pressure and wiper blades.
  • Put a winter emergency kit in your vehicle.
  • Check to see that you have reflective clothing, decals, or lights if you plan on walking or biking to use after dark.
  • Check your home emergency kit.
  • Have your fireplace inspected and chimney/flue cleaned if needed.

Veterans Day Reminders

Thursday, November 9, 10:00 am to 11:00 pm, PWC is hosting its annual Veterans Day Ceremony. The event is open to the public and will take place at the Freedom Park War Memorial located at 5 County Complex Court in Woodbridge.

Friday, November 10, in observance of Veterans Day:

  • Government Offices, including the Courts will be closed. 
  • Libraries will be closed. 

The County Landfill and Balls Ford Road Compost Facility will be open during regular Friday operating hours of 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Vital Training

Tuesday, November 14, at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, the PWC Services Behavioral Health Wellness Team is hosting QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to "Question, Persuade, and Refer" someone to the help they need. Gatekeepers are anyone strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide. Registrator for the free virtual training here.

Turkey Trot for a Cause

Registration is open for the Chris Yung Memorial 5K Turkey Trot (County Happenings issue 141) to be held at 2 Silos Brewery in Manassas. Proceeds will help to fund the Chris Yung Memorial Fund and Team Prince William (County Happenings issue 92) Law Enforcement United's Road to Hope. Strollers and dogs on leashes are welcome. Learn more and register here.

Go for the Cold

Registration is open for the 2024 Prince William Plunge. The annual icy dip into the Potomac River will be Saturday, February 17, at Leesylvania State ParkWhen you raise money for the Polar Plunge, you're supporting more than 18,000+ Special Olympics Virginia athletes. Registration is free, but each attendee commits to raising $25 by February 18, 2024. Check out the fundraising resources for help.

Take the Pledge

Wednesday, November 15, PWC is joining communities nationwide to celebrate America Recycles Day, an annual Keep America Beautiful initiative dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling since 1997.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Government (MWCOG) is providing an opportunity for residents of its jurisdictions, which includes PWC, to take the "I Recycle" pledge. Residents may take the MWCOG 2024 “I Recycle” pledge online here through Monday, November 20.

But Wait - There's More!

MWCOG encourages regional participation in its "I Recycle" pledge contest with two regional prizes:

  • A $300 gift card prize (all ages)
  • K-12 prize of a $300 gift card, as well as a $500 school environmental grant.

PWC has participated in the event since 2013 and a PWC resident has won the pledge contest drawing nine of the last years. 

County staff and Keep Prince William Beautiful volunteers will be at the Central Library on Tuesday, November 14 and Chinn Park Regional Library on Wednesday, November 15from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm to discuss recycling with residents and encourage taking the "I Recycle" pledge.

County Kudos

Congratulations to Officers Ward, Vondee, Darling, LeClair, and Huber on (left to right below) on being honored with the Virginia Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Law Enforcement Awards. Celebrated on October 25 in Richmond, this statewide award recognizes state and local law enforcement professionals for their dedication and efforts in keeping us safe through traffic enforcement by removing impaired drivers from our roadways.

County Happenings

Conference for Caregivers

Friday, November 10, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, the Northern Virginia Dementia Care Consortium is hosting its 37th Annual Caregivers' Conference, When Caregiving Calls: Building a Framework for Resilience at the Korean Central Presbyterian Church in Centreville. The largest dementia conference in the region is suited for family caregivers, volunteers, and professionals. The conference fee of $35 includes continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, and materials. Registration ends on Monday, November 6, or earlier if sold out. Learn more and register here.

This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Aaron Blight, an international speaker and consultant on caregiving, aging and healthcare, and founder of Caregiving Kinetics.

Getting to Know Our Feathered Friends

Saturday, November 18, 8:30 am to 10:30 am, the PWC Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting Walking with the Birds at Silver Lake Regional Park. Bring your binoculars and walking shoes. This event is for ages 18 and older. The participation fee is $8 per person and you can register here.

Learning PWC History

Saturday, November 18, at 9:00 am to 10:30 am, for Native American Heritage Month, the PWC Office of Historic Preservation is hosting Potomac People: Indigenous Tribes of Eastern Prince William. Rediscover the Algonquian Nation during this tour at the Neabsco Creek Boardwalk. Leashed pets are welcome to join. This event is for ages 6 and older. The participation fee is $5 per person. Space is limited, advanced registration here is required.

Helpful PWC Links

Ann B. Wheeler was elected Chair At-Large of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors during the 2019 General Election and assumed office on January 1, 2020. Prince William County is located 25 miles south of Washington, D.C., and is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s second-most populous county with approximately 482,000 residents. 
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