April 11, 2012
Republican Corey Stewart made his widely reported intent to run for lieutenant governor next year official on Wednesday.
Stewart, the chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, announced his candidacy to become the 40th Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Stewart said “When I was elected Chairman our country soon experienced the worst recession in our lifetime. Prince William was especially hard hit. Instead of raising taxes we reduced regulation to help spur job creation, invested in infrastructure and public safety and cut $143 million from our budget. We set an example for fiscal conservative governance as the only Republican-led jurisdiction in Northern Virginia.”
Stewart has been the At-Large Chairman of Prince William County since 2006 and was reelected in 2007 and 2011. In 2011, Stewart was reelected Chairman with 58% of the vote.
He said in a January interview with Charlottesville radio station WINA that he would run for lieutenant governor in 2013, and his comments were also reported in the News & Messenger newspaper of Manassas.
Stewart announced his intent to run in 2009 for lieutenant governor, but withdrew in 2008 after incumbent Republican Bill Bolling said he would seek re-election and defer his run for governor to 2013. That cleared the way for Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's uncontested nomination.
Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli are competing for the 2013 GOP gubernatorial nomination.