Lt. Gov. candidate / Pr. William County Board Chairman Corey Stewart’s latest campaign email was an attempt to appeal to the TEA Party as their endorsement in the LG race is coming up at the end of the month. The majority of the email was a shot at Del. Scott Lingamfelter, state Sen. Steve Martin and fmr. state Sen. Jeannemarie Davis for having voted for legislation that brought Urban Development Area laws into play.
However, Stewart then takes it one step too far in taking a swipe at Stafford County Board Chairman Susan Stimpson on the UDA issue at local level. Counties of a certain population were required to adopt UDAs. Stafford did so according to state law, but Stewart is trying to say Stimpson supported UDAs.
One problem with this line of attack. Stewart has, too. Furthermore Stimpson spoke up in opposition to UDAs with the General Assembly arguing that localities should not be forced to plan with UDAs. The General Assembly ended up making UDAs optional, but Stewart appears to have been MIA in that battle.
Stewart stated in this email:
Never have I gone along with supporting any type of resolutions or changes to the Prince William County code that called for “Sustainable Development” or “Urban Development Areas”. Unfortunately in Virginia, that is not always the case.
How does that square with his vote in favor of adopting UDAs (just like every other affected jurisdiction, as required by state code)?