Corey Stewart, Republican chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, mocked the gender identification of Democratic House candidate Danica Roem on Sunday at a Bikers for Trump rally in Virginia Beach.

Stewart knows Roem, who interviewed him many times while working as a reporter in Prince William for The Gainesville Times. Roem sent the Richmond Times-Dispatch a response to Stewart’s attack. She also recently came under attack by the state GOP and her opponent, Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, over her gender identification.

In Roem’s emailed response, she noted that unlike Stewart and Marshall, she is a lifelong resident of Prince William, born at Prince William Hospital in Manassas.

“If Corey Stewart and Del. Bob Marshall spent as much time working together to fix (state) Route 28 as they do singling out and stigmatizing the constituents they were elected to serve, then we wouldn’t have a five-hour rush hour every morning through Manassas Park and Yorkshire,” she wrote. “Corey Stewart and Del. Bob Marshall have had 14 years to work together to fix Route 28 and they haven’t gotten it done. And I covered their failure to do so from 2006 to 2015 as the lead reporter of the Gainesville Times.”

She noted that Marshall would not attend candidate forums with her. She said LGBTQ families are as much a part of Virginia’s culture as anyone else.

“I was baptized and confirmed Roman Catholic at All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas. I grew up playing baseball at Costello Park in Manassas Park, going out to eat dinner at Tony’s NY Pizza along Mathis Avenue in Manassas since it opened in 1989 and rooting for the Prince William Cannons (now the Potomac Nationals) from the time I could throw a baseball.

“In short, I’m as much a part of Virginia’s culture as anyone else in Virginia and, unlike Del. Marshall’s allies, I don’t lecture other Virginians about how much a part of their culture they are because I’m running to build up our infrastructure, not tear down each other.”

pwilson@timesdispatch.com

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Twitter: @patrickmwilson

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