I actually feel sorry for Peter Candland and I will tell you why. Apparently, his M.O. now is to attack Ann Wheeler for her statement “I am not an ideologue”. From the blog he is promoting on his official facebook page:
This is a candidate that does not want to be associated with any political ideology, particularly the Democratic platform.
Let me share why I feel sorry for Mr. Candland. I have had the privilege of working with people from many different perspectives in Prince William County on various issues, from land use, to power lines, to parks, to Silver Lake, to public school issues, et al. I have built friendships with people that do not share the exact same political belief system as I do. You know what, I am proud to call them friends.
Ann Wheeler is telling Gainesville citizens that she is interested in solving problems based on best solutions not based on whether you have an R or a D by your name. Isn’t that what we all want, people interested in coming together to solve problems!
Does Peter Candland believe that Prince William County residents want our local government to emulate the dysfunction we see happening the National level? I for one do not. Is Peter Candland’s message to the Gainesville District one of divisiveness?
Does Mr. Candland understand that in order for a Democracy to be healthy, we must have differing opinions, and vigorous debate? Mr. Candland being a Republican is no more unacceptable than Ann Wheeler being a Democrat.
Peter Candland clearly prefers to have a very small and myopic circle of friends and associates, ones that only share his point of view on all issues.
As an elected leader, it is critical that one have the ability and interest to reach out to those with whom you may have differing opinions in order to find the best solutions.