February 9, 2023

 Gainesville Special Election

Candidates' Forum

The FB Live recording of the Feb. 9 Forum is HERE 

Photo Album from the Forum is HERE, thanks to Mike Beaty


Special Election takes place in Gainesville Magisterial District Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023.

  See "PWCVotes" https://www.pwcvotes.org/     for info with Sample Ballot

News articles below ~

InsideNoVa, page 1             2/16/2023

Page  8

Prince William Times,  pg 1            2/16/2023

Page 2

Potomac Local News, February 10, 2023.  Scroll down to page 3 of 5 to read article [after the pictures].

Click top right corner, to pop out on a separate page

20230210 Potomac Local Gainesville Debate.pdf

Bull Run Observer,  2/17/2023     page 1

Bull Run Observer,  page 2

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Scroll to bottom of page for biographies



Co-sponsored by

FEBRUARY 9, 2023 at 

Battlefield HS Auditorium

Address with Google Map link below

Doors open at 6:30 PM, Forum at 7:00 PM

Forum will be broadcast on Facebook Live, click here:


Scroll down page for Biographies of Candidates and Moderator

Constant Contact Flyer, sent 2/2/2022, 7PM  https://conta.cc/3RviS9w 

Candidates' Questions Form period has expired and form is disabled.

Previous Constant Contact Flyer sent  1/30/2023   https://conta.cc/3HHXbQc 

Special Election takes place in Gainesville Magisterial District Tuesday, February 21, 2023.

  See "PWCVotes" https://www.pwcvotes.org/    for info with Sample Ballot


Biographies of Candidates and Moderator below

Kerensa G. Sumers-D  & Robert B. "Bob" Weir-R    

Candidates are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot as determined by 

VA Department of Elections.

Moderated by Bruce Potter, Publisher of InsideNoVa

Thursday, FEBRUARY 9, 2023 

Battlefield High School Auditorium

15000 Graduation Dr, Haymarket, VA 20169

Doors open at 6:30 PM, Forum at 7:00 PM

Candidates' Questions Form is disabled.

See below for general info about the candidates' questions form--instructions specific to the individual 

Candidates' Forum are listed on the Google form.

Battlefield High School Auditorium

15000 Graduation Dr, Haymarket, VA 20169

General Information About Submitting Questions to be asked of the Candidates 

We welcome and encourage the public to submit questions to be asked of the candidates. The process below follows the PWC100 "Guidelines for Questions Committees" and are used for all C100  sponsored or co-sponsored candidate fora. 

Questions submitted at the event, if allowed, will be reviewed by the Questions Committee following above procedures.

Above info is also on "Candidates' Questions Instructions" page  HERE 

To view complete approved  Questions Committee Guidelines for Co-sponsors, click below:

Guidelines for Conduct of Questions Committees for Candidates' Forum - Co-sponsor 

Biographies of Candidates and Moderator

Kerensa G. Sumers – D


As the daughter of a social worker and a Church Deacon, advocacy and public service have been in my veins since I was a young girl. I worked my way through college at The University of Mary Washington, led a career supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and am raising my son in Prince William County. I understand firsthand the challenges that too many families face in our community. I’ve organized and fought for worker’s rights, been an advocate for the vulnerable and underserved, and now I’m ready to continue my commitment of service to our community by representing Gainesville District on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.  

I have a Master's in Public Policy and Public Administration from Liberty University. I've actually worked in the private and public sectors for 15 years. I am a 7th generation Virginian. I'm married, and I'm a union organizer. My work history includes coordinating with Federal, State, and local governments and school systems to address issues. I'm a solutions focused leader with the training and ability to work with various groups. 

Robert  B. “Bob” Weir – R 


I have been committed to public service and advocacy for the residents of the Gainesville District for two decades.  The current level of discourse and disdain for public input is unacceptable to myself and every Gainesville District resident I have spoken to. I have a demonstrated record of achievement regarding the needs and desires of Prince William County residents and wish to continue working for you. Together, we must effectively address the issues facing our county and counter threats to our quality of life.  We must rein in uncontrolled development, profligate spending, and runaway tax increases while improving the quality of our children's education and making public safety a top priority. With more than thirty years of elected and government experience, I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate complicated issues, work with all parties involved, and get things done. I may not always tell you what you want to hear but I will always tell you the truth and what you need to hear. Courage is telling it like it is, not what is politically expedient to say.


Bob has served 10 years on the Haymarket Town Council, 12 years on the Haymarket Planning Commission and numerous stints on several budget committees and community groups.

Bruce Potter, Moderator

Publisher, InsideNoVa

Bruce Potter is the current Publisher of InsideNoVa and Chief Operating Officer of Rappahannock Media, LLC.  InsideNoVa.com, founded in 2003, is owned by Rappahannock Media LLC, a multi-media company that publishes a number of newspapers, magazines and niche products throughout Northern and Piedmont Virginia

Bruce has 35 years' experience in multimedia communications, specializing in fields of product management, marketing, sales leadership and operations. Bruce is recognized as a collaborative leader with a record of developing and executing, launching, marketing, and growing new and profitable products.

Bruce joined the company in April 2012 as regional vice president. He previously worked for Richmond - based Media General for 26 years in a variety of roles, including as a reporter, editor and eventually regional publisher. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and received an MBA from University of Richmond.