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Corey Stewart
Corey Stewart (Chairman, Prince William County, VA), Nov 2016.jpg
Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors
Assumed office
December 4, 2006
Preceded by Sean Connaughton
Occoquan District Supervisor
In office
November 6, 2003 – December 4, 2006
Preceded by Ruth T. Griggs
Succeeded by Michael May
Personal details
Born Corey Alan Stewart
(1968-08-01) August 1, 1968 (age 48)
Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Maria
Children 2
Alma mater Georgetown University (BS)
William Mitchell College of Law (JD)
Website Official website

Corey Stewart (born August 1, 1968) is an American lawyer and politician. He is currently serving his fourth term as At-Large Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Prince William County, Virginia, and is a Republican candidate in the Virginia gubernatorial election, 2017. [1]

Stewart drew national media attention for spearheading Prince William County's 2007 crackdown on undocumented immigrants.[2][3] He was hired as the Virginia chairman of the Donald Trump for President campaign in December 2015, and fired by the campaign in October 2016.[4]

Stewart announced his run for Governor of Virginia in April 2016. He drew more media attention for his use of the word "cuckservative" in a Reddit AMA.

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors

Elections

Stewart was first elected as Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors in a November 2006 special election to replace Sean Connaughton (who resigned to take a post at the United States Maritime Administration).[5] Stewart defeated Democratic Party candidate Sharon Pandak with 53% of the vote.[6] Stewart was elected to a full term in 2007 with 55% of the vote,[7] re-elected in 2011, and re-elected to serve a third term in 2015 with 57% of the vote.[8]

Immigration

In 2007, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution targeting undocumented immigrants; the resolution ordered the Prince William County Police Department to check the immigration status of anyone who breaks the law and cuts off public services to those who are undocumented.[9][10]

Gun control

Stewart led the successful effort to eliminate Prince William County's concealed-carry handgun permit fee, reducing the overall cost to lawful handgun owners from $50 to the state minimum of $15.[11][12]

Spending cuts

Stewart has consistently advocated for significant reductions in government spending by cutting school funding.[13][14] Shortly after becoming Board Chairman in 2006, Stewart presided over the largest property tax cut in County history, slashing the average tax bill of county homeowners by $446 between FY'08 and FY'09, an approximately 12.2% reduction.[15] During his ten-year term as Chairman (FY'07 - FY'17), average adjusted real estate tax bills for county homeowners have been held flat and are approximately 30% lower than other localities in Northern Virginia.[15]

Campaign for Lieutenant Governor

Stewart unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in the 2013 election.[16] In a seven-person race, Stewart was eliminated in the third round of voting in the Republican convention, losing to E. W. Jackson.[17][18]

Virginia State Chairman for Donald Trump's Presidential Campaign

In December 2015, Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump announced that he had chosen Stewart to chair his campaign in Virginia.[3] Stewart has been an outspoken proponent for Trump in national media.[19] Stewart continued to support Trump even as other Republican officials disavowed him after various controversies.[20] In July 2016, Stewart blamed "liberal Democrats" and specifically Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam for the spree killing of police officers in Dallas, Texas.[21]

On October 10, 2016, amid reports that the Republican National Committee was withdrawing resources from the Trump campaign to focus on down-ballot races, Stewart organized a pro-Trump women's demonstration in front of the Committee's Washington, D.C. headquarters, resulting in his getting fired from his position on the campaign.[22] Stewart later blamed "establishment pukes" at the Republican National Committee for his firing.[4] Days later, the RNC and the Trump Campaign announced that they were withdrawing from Virginia, drawing the ire of Stewart, who blasted the decision as a betrayal of the grassroots and "totally premature."[23] Despite his firing, he continued to support Donald Trump.[24]

Campaign for Virginia governor

At the Virginia State Republican Convention on April 30, 2016, Stewart announced his intent to run for Governor of Virginia.[1] Quentin Kidd of Christopher Newport University called Stewart "on the very conservative end" of the Republican candidates for governor in 2017.[1] In December 2016, Stewart announced that his campaign for Governor of Virginia would give away an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle for Christmas to highlight his support for Constitutional carry in Virginia, which would enable law-abiding citizens to conceal carry handguns without a permit.[25]

In March 2017, Stewart admitted that his campaign, since at least May of 2014, had been editing his Wikipedia page to remove unflattering information and add positive spin, through at least two registered accounts.[26] On the same day, during a Reddit AMA, Stewart called his GOP primary opponent Ed Gillespie a cuckservative, agreed with a questioner that asked if Bill Clinton was a rapist, and wrote “CONFIRMED!” to a questioner who asked if Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe "is a cuck".[27] Virginia GOP chairman John Whitbeck rebuked the remarks, calling some of Stewart's language "racist", and noting that the term "cuckservative" is “used by white nationalists.”[27]

In a poll of GOP primary voters conducted March 16–26, 2017, Stewart had the support of 11% of registered voters, trailing Gillespie's 38%. State Senator Frank Wagner drew 10% in the same poll.[28]

Controversy and protests

On February 11, 2017, Stewart was mobbed by dozens of protestors when he came to Charlottesville to defend its statue of Robert E. Lee.[29] He attracted another protest from a group called "ICE out of RVA" on 4 March 2017 when he held a rally at the Bell Tower in Capitol Square in Richmond against sanctuary cities.[30][31]

On April 14, 2017, Virginia's 31st House of Delegates district candidate Elizabeth Guzman spoke at an anti-Stewart rally at which about 75 protestors had gone on a 16-mile Solidarity Walk from Manassas Battlefield to Pfitzner Stadium to show their displeasure with the Potomac Nationals' pledging $100,000 to Stewart's campaign.[32][33][34][35]

After an upset victory for the Democratic candidate in the special election for Prince William County Clerk of Circuit Court, Stewart's fellow supervisors and the local sheriff switched their endorsements from Stewart to Gillespie, citing the divisive nature of his campaign.[36] Stewart said his campaign was about fighting back against political correctness, not supporting the Confederacy.[37]

Personal life

A Minnesota native, Stewart transferred to Georgetown University after a year at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and was the first member of his family to graduate from college.[38] He also graduated from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, and afterwards decided to settle in Virginia.[38] Stewart works as an international trade attorney, and he and his family live in Bel Air, a historic colonial-era plantation house in Woodbridge.[38] He met his wife, Maria, who is from Sweden, after spending a year teaching English in Japan before law school.[38] The couple has two sons.[38]

References

  1. ^ a b c Michael Pope, "Virginia Gubernatorial Candidates Gearing Up for 2017," WVTF Radio (May 3, 2016)[1]
  2. ^ "The Legacy of Anti-Immigrant Corey Stewart". America's Voice. 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  3. ^ a b Antonio Olivo, "Why Donald Trump chose Corey Stewart to chair his Virginia campaign," The Washington Post (December 16, 2015)[2]
  4. ^ a b Laura Vozzella, This Virginia politico was fired by the Trump team — but it could help him, Washington Post (October 15, 2016).
  5. ^ Kunkle, Frederick (October 8, 2006). "Candidates Differ on Approach To Growth". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Virginia Elections Database » 2006 Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Special General Election Prince William County". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Virginia Elections Database » 2007 Chairman of the Board of Supervisors General Election Prince William County". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "2015 November General". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  9. ^ Miroff, Nick (2007-07-11). "Pr. William Passes Resolution Targeting Illegal Immigration". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  10. ^ http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/10/24/tim-kaines-radical-optimism
  11. ^ Palermo, Jill (February 23, 2016). "Prince William supervisors slash price for concealed carry permits". Inside Nova. 
  12. ^ Hunley, Jonathan (February 28, 2016). "Prince William board reduces concealed-handgun permit fees". The Washington Post. 
  13. ^ Jill Palermo, "Stewart Tax Plan Would Cut Funding to Schools, Police", Inside Nova (April 16, 2016)[3]
  14. ^ Randi Reid, "PWC Board Chairman Proposes 9.6 Million in FY 14 Budget Cuts to Keep Tax Bills Flat", Bull Run Now (November 16, 2012) [4]
  15. ^ a b Prince William County, Office of Management and Budget, Real Estate Tax: Jurisdiction Comparison, Retrieved December 16, 2016 [5]
  16. ^ Antonio Olivo, Why Donald Trump chose Corey Stewart to chair his Virginia campaign, Washington Post (December 16, 2015).
  17. ^ Jill Palermon, UPDATED: Corey Stewart eliminated as GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, Inside NoVa (May 18, 2013).
  18. ^ Ben Pershing & Errin Whack, Va. GOP settles on Cuccinelli, Obenshain and Jackson for November ballot, Washington Post (May 18, 2013).
  19. ^ "Cruz Forces Still Question Donald Trump's Conservative Cred," PBS NewsHour (May 10, 2016)[6]
  20. ^ Fain, Travis. "Virginia GOP disavows Trump's words, not Trump". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  21. ^ Laura Vozzella, Trump’s Virginia chairman blames Clinton, 'liberal politicians' for Dallas massacre, Washington Post (July 8, 2016).
  22. ^ Staff, AOL. "Trump Virginia chair was fired Monday for staging a protest outside of the RNC headquarters.". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  23. ^ "Trump's campaign is giving up on Virginia". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  24. ^ Laura Vozzella, "Va. Democrats aim to make 2017 governor’s race all about Donald Trump", The Washington Post, (October 25, 2016)[7]
  25. ^ "Gubernatorial Hopeful Giving Away AR-15 for Christmas". NBC4 Washington. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 
  26. ^ Kaczynski, Andrew; McDermott, Nathan (2017-03-23). "Virginia gubernatorial candidate removed unflattering info from Wikipedia page". CNN. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  27. ^ a b Laura Vozzella (2017-03-24). "GOP chair slams Va. gubernatorial contender for calling rival a 'cuckservative'". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  28. ^ TEGNA. "Poll: GOP front-runner ties Democrats in governor's race". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  29. ^ "Protesters mob provocative Va. governor candidate as he defends Confederate statue". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  30. ^ https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/virginia/articles/2017-03-04/corey-stewart-rally-in-richmond-draws-large-protest-crowd
  31. ^ Times-Dispatch, FRANK GREEN Richmond. "Corey Stewart holds 'End Sanctuary Cities' rally on Capitol Square amid counterprotest". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  32. ^ "The Right Wing No Longer Has the Loudest Voice: Prince William County, VA Stands Up to Bigotry". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  33. ^ Boddye, Ken (14 April 2017). "The Right Wing No Longer Has the Loudest Voice: Prince William County, VA Stands Up to Bigotry - Blue Virginia". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  34. ^ akoma@insidenova.com, Alex Koma,. "Protesters target P-Nats over support for Corey Stewart". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  35. ^ Palermo, Jill. "Potomac Nationals' support of Corey Stewart prompts opening day protest". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  36. ^ akoma@insidenova.com, Alex Koma,. "Four Prince William supervisors, sheriff endorse Ed Gillespie over Corey Stewart in governor's race". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  37. ^ Palermo, Jill. "Stewart responds: 'It's not about the Confederate flag'". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  38. ^ a b c d e Jonathan Hunley, "Stewart touts Trump for president, himself for governor," NorthernVirginia Magazine (September 6, 2016)Stewart touts Trump for president, himself for governor

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sean Connaughton
Chair of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors
2007–present
Incumbent