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Data center backlash fuels Prince William board chair’s election loss

Four years ago, Ann B. Wheeler (D-At Large) was elected chair of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors as part of a liberal wave sweeping through her Northern Virginia community — leading a new Democratic majority on such key issues as racial equity and affordable housing after years of Republican rule.

On Tuesday, Wheeler lost her party’s primary election to a relatively unknown challenger — Deshundra Jefferson — a surprise outcome fueled by anger over data center development in the county that stands to affect the county board’s direction...

...Jefferson, a communications specialist who campaigned heavily on the data center issue, beat Wheeler by 4.5 percentage points, according to unofficial results...


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