Democrats Plan to Boycott Prince William Committee of 100 for Prejudiced Remarks

| September 10, 2015 | 0 Comments | News

365px-Democratslogo.svgThe Prince William Democrats will be boycotting candidate forums hosted by the Prince William Committee of 100 in response to homophobic remarks made by the committee’s president.

The Committee of 100 had a candidate’s debate planned for Sept. 22. It was to include candidates running for Prince William School Board Chairman and contested school board seats in Occoquan. Other candidates forums were planned as well.

According to Prince William County Democratic Committee Chair, Harry W. Wiggins, who wrote the opinion piece for Potomac Local, the decision not to participate was unanimous among all 27 Democrats. The decision came in response to Committee of 100 President James Young’s comments on a citizen’s public social media page. Wiggins described it as a “venomous attack” on homosexuals.

Wiggins believes Young’s comments reflect poorly on the Committee of 100 and thus, he is calling for Young to apologize for his statement. 

The solution was relatively simple: Mr. Young need not resign as president, but he should apologize for the language he used. Subsequently, I resigned as Treasurer of the Committee, as did the Vice President and several other members of the boards; numerous others will not be renewing their memberships this month,” Wiggins wrote. 

Harry Wiggins told Bristow Beat that none of the Democrat’s endorsed candidates will be participating with the Committee of 100 forums. Those School Board candidates include Ryan Sawyers (Chair), Lillie Jessie (Occoquan), Justin Wilk (Potomac), Reginald Henderson (Coles), Loree Williams (Woodbridge) and Diane Raulston (Neabsco).

The Committee of 100 previously issued this invitation to the event:

All candidates for legislative, constitutional and county offices running in the Nov. 3 general election in Prince William County will have an opportunity to mingle with voters September 22, 2015.”

Candidates for Occoquan Representative to the Prince William County School Board have been invited to address the meeting at 7:15 p.m. Karen Boyd and John Gray, both seeking to represent Occoquan District on the school board, will speak. Also invited is incumbent Lillie Jessie. Moderator will be Bruce Potter, Chief Operating Officer of “Prince William Today” and “”

At 8:30 p.m., candidates for Chairman of the School Board will address the meeting. The chairman’s opening was created by the retirement of Milt Johns. Candidates for School Board Chair scheduled to speak are Tracy Conroy and Tim Singstock. Also invited is candidate Ryan Sawyers.

 Residents with questions for the candidates can submit them online to the Committee website ( or in person before 7 p.m. the night of the event. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

Sponsors for the event are Prince William Committee of 100, “Prince William Today” and “,” Lake Ridge Occoquan Coles Civic Association (LOCCA) and Mid-County Civic Association of Prince William (MIDCO).

Sponsors also are planning a forum Oct. 8 at 7:15 p.m. in Chinn Library for candidates competing to represent Coles District on the school board.

Bristow Beat has contacted the Committee of 100, but has not received a responded to inquiries at the time of publication. Bristow Beat has also reached out to other entities associated with the forum. We will update article upon hearing any additional candidates or sponsors have chosen not to participate.

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