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Prince William Chamber of Commerce and Northern Virginia Community College to host chairman’s debate

Candidates for chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors will participate in a debate Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. and the community is invited to attend.

Republican incumbent Corey A. Stewart and Democrat Richard H. “Rick” Smith III will meet for the debate on the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College in the Howsmon Lecture Hall at 6901 Sudley Road in Manassas. The debate is being hosted in partnership by the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and Northern Virginia Community College.

“As one of the fastest growing localities in the Commonwealth it is important for the local business community to remain engaged in the political process. We are very excited to partner with Northern Virginia Community College to host a quality debate during this year’s highly competitive chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors race. The Chamber is eager to hear the candidates’ visions for the future of Prince William County and ideas for maintaining a favorable business climate,” said Prince William Chamber President and CEO Debbie Jones.

Provost Roger Ramsammy is looking forward to hosting the debate at the NOVA-Manassas campus. “We want to hear about the long-term strategies each candidate will convey regarding education in Prince William County. Our county boasts two Northern Virginia Community College campuses and the chairman’s emphasis on higher education will be critical for our entire community, workforce development and beyond,” Ramsammy said.

The debate will be moderated by Krysta Nicole Jones, founder and CEO of the Virginia Leadership Institute.

To register for the free event and submit questions in advance, go to http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=xvrel7bab&oeidk=a07ebfsvt4v90c5376b.

The event is sponsored in part by Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative. Additional sponsorships are available by contacting Brendon Shaw at bshaw@pwchamber.org.


Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.