September 28, 2023

VA Senate District 30 

Candidates' Forum

Candidates' Forum

September 28, 2023  

7:00 - 8:30 PM 

Doors Open at 6:30

Featuring Candidates* for 

 VA Senate District 30 Race:

Bill C. Woolf, III - R & Danica A. Roem-D

Moderated by

Dr. Stephen Farnsworth

At Metz MS  

*Candidates are listed as they will appear on the Nov. 7, 2023 Ballot, as determined by the VA Department of Elections.

Biographies of candidates and moderator below.

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Metz Middle School

(Manassas Public Schools)

9950 Wellington Rd

Manassas, VA 20110


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Biographies of Candidates & Moderator

Bill C. Woolf, III  - R 

Bill Woolf has spent over 20 years working to keep our Commonwealth and our country safe. Starting his career as a law enforcement officer after graduating from the University of Virginia, he completed more than 15 years of service, specializing in combatting human trafficking, missing and exploited children, gangs, and other forms of organized crime.


In addition to his law enforcement career, Bill also spent considerable time learning the legislative process supporting elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels to implement legislation to keep us safe. At the request of both sides of the aisle, he has testified in front of state legislatures, the United States House of Representatives, the Senate, as well as the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe.

Following his time in local law enforcement, he was asked to serve as the Acting Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) at the U.S. Department of Justice overseeing more than $6.5 billion in federal grant programs focused on serving those that had been victimized and protecting the most vulnerable. He also served as Director of Human Trafficking Programs overseeing the use of more than $100 million in federal funding. He also served as Special Advisor to the White House for Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation, shepherding in the first ever National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking in the United States.

Despite having received numerous awards throughout his career, including a Presidential Medal for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons, he is most proud of his six amazing children who continue to amaze and surprise him every single day.

As a life-long resident of Prince William County, Bill feels a deep sense of commitment to the community. He has seen many changes over the past four decades, some good and some not so great, but the resiliency of our neighbors is unwavering. The opportunity and diversity within these communities is why he chose to stay in Prince William County and raise his family here.

He has made his unwavering pledge to serve all residents of District 30 with integrity and respect, ensuring safety for all our neighbors as he seeks to carry their voices to Richmond fighting for what is right.


Danica A. Roem - D 

Virginia State Delegate Danica Roem (D-13th) is a lifelong resident of the Manassas part of Prince William County. She represents western Prince William County and the City of Manassas Park in her third term as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, where she has authored 41 House Bills signed into law — all with bipartisan support.


A 2006 graduate of St. Bonaventure University’s Jandoli School of Journalism, Danica worked for 10.5 years as a newspaper reporter, authoring more than 2,500 news stories and earning seven Virginia Press Association awards during her more than nine years with the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times from 2006 - 2015.


She also worked as a staff writer with The Hotline (part of the National Journal Group) from 2009 - 2013 and as the news editor of the Montgomery County Sentinel from 2015 - 2016, twice placing as runner-up for the MDDC’s James S. Keat Freedom of Information award. 


Danica is now the Democratic nominee for 30th District of the Virginia state Senate, which includes western Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.

Dr. Stephen J. Farnsworth


Stephen J. Farnsworth is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington. He is the author or co-author of eight books on the presidency, the mass media, public opinion and journalism. He also has received the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

His eight books include: Producing News in a Time of Disinformation: Information Evaluation Strategies for Journalists and News Consumers [forthcoming in 2023]; Late Night With Trump: Political Humor and the American Presidency; Presidential Communication and Character: White House News Management from Clinton and Cable to Twitter and Trump; The Global President: International Media and the U.S. Government; The Nightly News Nightmare: Media Coverage of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1988-2008; Spinner in Chief: How Presidents Sell Their Policies and Themselves; The Mediated Presidency: Television News and Presidential Governance; and Political Support in a Frustrated America. 

He is also author or coauthor of dozens of scholarly articles on the presidency, the mass media, U.S. public opinion and Virginia politics. His political commentary has appeared in a wide range of media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, PBS NewsHour, Politico, C-SPAN and BBC World.

Dr. Farnsworth is a former Canada-U.S. Fulbright Research Chair in Public Policy at McGill University in Montreal, a former Malaysia-US Fulbright Specialist at Methodist College in Kuala Lumpur, and a former chair of the political communication section of the American Political Science Association. He received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in government from Georgetown University, a B.A. in history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a B.A. in government from Dartmouth College. Dr. Farnsworth, who worked for 10 years as a newspaper journalist before becoming a professor, has lectured widely on the news media, the presidency and elections before US and international audiences. In addition, he has led reporter training seminars in India, the Philippines, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Latvia, Armenia and Estonia through programs funded by the U.S. government.

In addition to the statewide teaching award, Dr. Farnsworth has won three campus-wide teaching awards at Mary Washington: the Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award, the Mary W. Pinschmidt Teaching Award and the Richard Palmieri Outstanding Professor Award. Dr. Farnsworth, who is also Affiliate Faculty in Communication, Digital Studies and American Studies at UMW, has taught courses in political science, journalism and political communication at Georgetown University, McGill University, George Mason University and Methodist College Kuala Lumpur.

Professor Farnsworth can be reached via email: 

Photo courtesy of the Commonwealth of Virginia.