DUMFRIES, Virginia – Doug Taggart, the Republican nominee to represent the Potomac District on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, announced that he is inspired by listening and learning from residents on issues important to them. Taggart’s remarks were made following a meeting he held with residents of the Stockbridge and Ashmere Home Owners Associations concerning traffic issues with their community’s entrance/exit on Route 234.
“As I continue to meet and talk with residents during the course of this campaign, I am inspired by hearing of concerns they would like to see addressed in the Potomac District.” While door-knocking in the Stockbridge and Ashmere community Taggart learned of a long-standing effort to have a traffic light installed on Route 234 that numerous residents brought to his attention.
“I learned that the intersection Route 234, Stockbridge Drive intersection is considered so dangerous that the Prince William Schools have instructed bus drivers that they are prohibited from exiting the community with a left turn across route 234 in order to take school children to Graham Park Middle school. As an alternate to making a left turn buses have been instructed to turn right and proceed nearly a mile west on 234 to turn around at Pattie Elementary,” said Taggart.
Residents of the community indicated that traffic volume is making it nearly impossible to get in and out of their community safely. In an effort to learn more from residents, Taggart held a Community Conversation with residents to further discuss their concerns.
“I was very impressed with the information these residents were able to provide to me,” said Taggart. “As I learned during my Fellowship Year on Capitol Hill – when constituents speak, you need to listen. Those that take the time to make an inquiry know the issues, and they have strong feelings on those issues.”
Taggart also heard residents’ strong views about the limited access they have to take advantage of the extended walking/bicycle path on the south side of Route 234 as well as resident’s concerns for the young drivers who live within the community.
“As I look forward to learning more from residents, I promise to listen to the advice and ideas of the business leaders, parents, students, teachers, first responders, and all those who comprise the backbone of our community. I will take good ideas from wherever they originate, listen with an open mind to opposing views, and work cooperatively with other members of the Board of Supervisors to advance smart and judicious ideas that will benefit all of us.”
Background on Doug Taggart
Doug Taggart is a retired United States Coast Guard Commander. He is currently the President of Overlook Systems Technologies, Inc. a small business with 45 employees headquartered in Vienna, Virginia providing professional engineering and technical services to the Department of Defense on the Global Positioning System (GPS).
Doug is a longtime community volunteer in Prince William County where he is the Treasurer and former President of the Montclair Property Owners Association (MPOA), representing nearly 15,000 residents. He is also the President & CEO of Azalea Charities, Inc., a dual-mission, all volunteer charity – serving local Boys & Girls Clubs, Special Olympics, Homeless Shelters (ACTS, SERVE, Carpenter’s Shelter), Leukemia/Lymphoma Research, Juvenile Diabetes, and education-based projects – as well as performing its mission for Aid to Wounded Warriors and veterans. Doug is a member of the Montclair Lions Club where he is the 2017 recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship award, the highest award presented by Lions Club International for recognition of humanitarian work and community service.
Doug and his wife Diane have lived in Prince William County for more than twenty-five years. They are the parents of three children who each attended Prince William County public schools and Virginia public universities, and grandparents of eight.