I’ve been involved in politics here in Virginia since my days at George Mason University and quickly learned campaigns for local office don’t receive nearly the same attention as those for Congress or even the state General Assembly. That’s a shame because it’s often local elected officials who have the most direct impact on a person’s life. Whether it’s dealing with the placement of a traffic light (yes, I’ve dealt with my supervisor about this) or making sure the county has a non-discrimination policy that includes the LGBT community, there are a variety of crucial issues the Board of Supervisors considers.
It’s with this in mind that I wanted to draw attention to the race for the Occoquan District seat on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors where Kenny Boddye has just announced his candidacy.
For those of you who don’t know, Kenny ran in the Democratic primary for the House of Delegates in 51st district back in 2017. While Hala Ayala ended up winning the primary and general election that year, he has remained extremely involved in the community. Whether it’s going down to Richmond to advocate for Medicaid expansion, calling on the Prince William County School Board to include LGBT status in its nondiscrimination policy, fighting for criminal justice reform and restoring voting rights for ex-felons, and so much more, it really feels like Kenny is everywhere trying to improve our community and stand up for “the little guy.”
There’s also simply something different about Kenny’s campaign. The rich and privileged have dominated the political scene for generations, but Kenny openly talks about some of the struggles his family’s faced over the years. These struggles helped him understand firsthand how programs assisting people who are fighting addiction or homelessness can go a long ways towards improving the community. Or how we need criminal justice reform so those who have already paid their debt to society can go on to lead productive lives. The moral consequences of not addressing these issues are fairly obvious, but we also can’t ignore the financial impact they have on both individual families and the community at large.
Of course, there are also the less glamorous issues that Kenny would have to deal with as Supervisor. At an event we both attended last night, for instance, we discussed how something has to be done about the traffic in Prince William County. It’s simply unacceptable that commuters will often spend two hours stuck on 95 during rush hour and then have to deal with congestion on back roads in the Occoquan area too. Kenny’s making addressing concerns like this a major part of his campaign.
His personal background, history of advocating for Prince William County residents, and knowledge of crucial issues all suggest Kenny Boddye would make an excellent addition to the Board of Supervisors. I’m proud to support his campaign and look forward to helping him get elected. For those who are interested, here’s the announcement video that he released.