Sheriff Glendell Hill Pulls Endorsement from Corey Stewart, Supports Gillespie, Adding to Strong Support from Elected Officials Across Prince Williams County
Longtime conservative leader, 2014 U.S. Senate candidate, and 2017 Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie announced the endorsements of four Prince William County Supervisors on Saturday: Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Jeanine Lawson (R-Brentsville) and Supervisors Ruth Anderson (R-Occoquan), Pete Candland (R-Gainesville), and Marty Nohe (R-Coles). Sheriff Glendell Hill, who had previously endorsed Corey Stewart, also announced that he is switching his support for Gillespie. The endorsements add to Gillespie’s growing momentum as he heads into the Republican nomination contest this June.
“Prince William County is a diverse, growing part of Virginia, and I’m humbled to have the support of these strong leaders,” said Gillespie. “Like all Virginians, the people of Prince William County share my optimistic vision for Virginia’s future. They know that we have to enact policies to help all Virginians. I’ll continue to put forth substantive policies and take my positive message to every city and county in the commonwealth.”
Sheriff Hill said of the announcement, “Today, I am pulling my endorsement of Corey Stewart for Governor. He is a friend but his campaign has become more focused on division, rather than the unifying values and the history of the Republican Party. I now support Ed Gillespie to be our next Governor.”
“Throughout his campaign, Ed has clearly demonstrated that he understands what Virginia needs to get moving again,” said Lawson. “I appreciate his commitment to running a unifying campaign based on a policy agenda that will grow our economy, bring jobs back to the Commonwealth, and make government more transparent and accountable. I have known Ed for a long time, and I believe that he will be an effective governor that all Virginians can be proud of.”
Nohe said, ““Ed Gillespie will be a principled leader who will restore strong leadership in Virginia. Ed continues to deliver for Virginians a bold policy agenda and a clear message founded on positivity and optimism. For that, I am proud to support him in his campaign for governor.”
Earlier this month, over 60 leaders from Northern Virginia including Senator Dick Black, Delegate Richard Anderson, Delegate Tim Hugo, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, Delegate Jackson Miller, Prince William County School Board Member Willie Deutsch, and former Prince William County School Board Chairman Milton John, announced their support of Gillespie for Governor.
Every one of the five Republican members of the General Assembly who represent Prince William County in Richmond and have endorsed in the governor’s race have endorsed Gillespie, along with 66 of the 87 Republican members of the General Assembly, a majority of the State Central Committee, and more than 30 local unit chairs. Find a full list of endorsements here. The campaign has also signed up nearly 6,000 committed volunteers.