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Wheeler says debates aren’t ‘productive;’ won’t face Jefferson

The leader of Virginia's second-largest local government won't take the debate stage with her primary opponent.


Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chair Ann Wheeler At-large said she declined an invitation from the homeowners association of Heritage Hunt, a gated community near her home, to participate in a voter forum with Deshundra Jefferson, a fellow Democrat who is seeking to unseat the one-term supervisor.

Wheeler said that, initially, the homeowners association invited her to a meet and greet session but changed the event format to a voter forum, where candidates are asked to share their views on issues important to voters.

Wheeler declined to attend following the change and, in a comment to PLN, declined to take the stage with Jefferson before the June 20 Primary Election (early voting for the primary began on Friday, May 6, 2023).

“I just don’t think it would be very productive, and it’s not the kind of forum I want to participate in at this time,” Wheeler told PLN...


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