My name is Margaret Angela Franklin and I am running for the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors for the Woodbridge District. If elected, I will be the advocate that finally addresses local issues that have been ignored for much too long. This means focusing on four main areas: economic development and job creation; providing safe and affordable housing options to all residents; improving the efficiency of our local transportation system; and finally reducing overcrowding within our schools. With our county rapidly growing and changing, our current Board of Supervisors has proven time and time again that it is out of touch with the realities that you and I face each day. That is why if elected to the Board of County Supervisors, I will make the issues impacting Woodbridge residents my top priority.

As the daughter of loving parents, my life changed at an early age when my mother passed away from colon cancer. My father, a 20-year employee of the Memphis housing authority, was left to raise my sister and I as a single parent in a middle-class home. Through it all, he taught us that life is full of possibilities and to take each moment to connect with the community around you.

Prince William County is home to many possibilities. With our county rapidly growing and changing, our current Board of Supervisors has proven time and time again that it is out of touch with the realities that you and I face each day. Through my experience growing up in a middle-class family and working on Capitol Hill creating public policy, I understand how to solve issues facing residents. It is time for the residents of Prince William County to come together and build the community that we deserve. It’s time for a new start.

Together, we can redevelop and modernize route 1 through opportunity zones; we can create affordable and diverse housing options for all residents; we can create solutions to the traffic problems that plague our; and we can provide schools with real resources and help make Woodbridge a model of academic success.

But to get there, we have to BUILD. We must build a board of supervisors that reflects the best of who we are, we must build a vision through good policy that helps all residents, and we must build business by business because it takes the entire community to build jobs, to build housing options, to build schools, build transit, and to build TRUST.