Committee of 100 Debate…Ann Wheeler Has Stellar Performance!
When Republicans who attended the debate last night agree that Peter Candland presents as an empty suit, you know you are in trouble.
One of the most memorable moments of the evening, for me, was when the two candidates were discussing bringing new jobs to Prince William County. The broader question became–why AREN’T businesses relocating here?
Peter Candland, talked about how he has the business savvy to bring new economic investment to the County. He touted his experience serving on a corporate relocation task force, but then failed to verbalize why he was unable to bring these business to Prince William County. Candland freely admitted that “quality of life” issues are what will bring high-end retail and corporate investment, but he lost traction informing his listeners how to upgrade the quality of life issues. He lacked specifics and upbraided his opponent over stimulus money but failed to reveal how he would finance these issue that both candidates feel are important.
Ann Wheeler was confident and articulate in her answers during the debate. Wheeler has a moderate and realistic grasp of the needs of Prince William County. She understands that PWC must invest in those quality of life resources like schools, libraries, parks and recreation, walkable communities, superior fire, rescue and police services and decent roads. These are the issues that attract quality economic investment.
While both candidates addressed county concerns directed at the Gainesville District, Ann Wheeler clearly demonstrated substance over ideological talking points. She backed up her remarks with specific examples whereas Candland spoke in sweeping generalities. She simply appeared to have her thumb directly on the pulse of the community.