Word came down today that Democrat Eric Young will seek the Democratic nomination to run in the special election for the vacant Brentsville District seat on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.
Those touting his candidacy cite him as a viable alternative to Republican nominee Jeanine Lawson and Republican-turned-independent Scott Jacobs. They also believe that Young will be as solid as Lawson on standing up to developers who have engaged in unrestrained residential growth in the county to the detriment of taxpayers.
One need only look at Young’s resume for a seat on the county’s Service Authority to see through that fallacy.
I am a lifelong resident of Prince William Count [sic] and I desire to commit to serve in areas in which I can positively influence our community to make it a better place to live, work and learn, and continue the growth we have witnessed in the past decade. (emphasis added)
That was written in 2012. Let’s look at that key phrase again – “continue the growth we have witnessed in the past decade.” The period of 2002-2012 witnessed some of the most ill-advised residential growth this county has ever seen. It increased the tax burden on the county’s working families, decimated our commercial development sector (save for retail stores and food service establishments) and overloaded our school system with kids spilling out into trailers.
If Eric Young truly wanted to continue the growth that we witnessed during that time, then the residential development community just got another choice in the Brentsville race in addition to Scott Jacobs.
Jeanine Lawson is the ONLY candidate running for Brentsville supervisor who has a balanced approach to growth and development, putting the county taxpayers first.