to Stop Spawl Prince William County strives
to evaluate every candidate fairly and without regard to party affiliation.
It sends to every candidate the following letter which describes
VSSPWC's position, its method of evaluating candidates and its intention
to endorse candidates. (For 2007 the committee evaluated only the
candidates in the four districts where there was a contest in the
general election – Gainesville, Occoquan, Woodbridge, and
the At-Large (Chairman) races. In Brentsville, Coles, Dumfries,
and Neabsco the incumbents are unopposed in the general election.)
referenced in the letter, plays a large role in the evaluation.
A link to it is found at the end of the letter.
Of the ten
candidates competing for the four contested Supervisor seats, eight
responded to the VSSPWC questionnaire – Corey Stewart and
Sharon Pandak in the Chairman At-Large race, Mike May and John Gray
in the Occoquan district, John Stirrup and Corey Riley in the Gainesville
District, and Frank Principi and Steve Keen in the Woodbridge District.
(Chris Royse and Luis Ramirez did not return questionnaires and
were not evaluated.)
six candidates in the Occoquan, Woodbridge, and Chairman At-Large
races. (Although both Gainesville candidates cooperated fully in
the evaluation, VSS decided not to make endorsements in Gainesville
in order to focus resources on the other races.) The interviews
took place in the McCoart Building and averaged one hour in length.
The interviews were conducted by interview committees of three or
four members, with at least one Steering Committee member on each
After the interviews
were completed, each interview committee reported to the steering
committee, including recommendations on endorsements. The Steering
Committee made the final endorsement decisions based on recommendations
of the interview committee, voting records of incumbents, and other
actions and statements of the candidates. The membership of the
VSSPWC Steering at the time of the decision was: Patrick MacAuley
(Chairman), Shawn Moler (Treasurer), Elena Schlossburg-Kunkel, Robert
Moler, Keith Sturcken, and Kerry Hannigan Plancon.
publicize its endorsements and work to ensure the election of the
endorsed candidates using whatever resources are at its disposal.
The purpose of making this material available is to make the nature
of the endorsement process transparent.