Prince William County Bar Association Sponsors Candidates’ Forum

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The Prince William County Bar Association, Inc. is sponsoring a Candidates’ Forum this fall.  The forum will take place on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm, in the Manassas City Council Chambers, located in Manassas City Hall, 9027 Center Street, Manassas, VA  20110.  The Candidates Forum is a non-partisan, public service project for the PWC Bar, designed to heighten community awareness of the election process, and to encourage greater voter participation in the November 3 general election.  We are extending invitations to participate in the forum to those candidates running in contested races for Clerk of Court and Commonwealth’s Attorney for Prince William County.  For Clerk of Court, the candidates are incumbent Michele B. McQuigg (R) and Jacqueline C. Smith (D).  For Commonwealth’s Attorney, the candidates are Michael C. May (R) and incumbent Paul B. Ebert (D).  The Forum is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.  We expect this event to provide a unique opportunity for the local business and professional community and the general public, to meet the candidates and to gain more information concerning their respective positions on the issues presented.


We have often been asked to explain the duties of the Clerk of Court and the Commonwealth’s Attorney.  The Prince William County Government website, describes them as follows:


The Clerk [of Court]serves as the recorder of deeds, the recorder of wills (probate) and qualifies executors or administrators of deceased person’s estates,  issues marriage licenses and fictitious names, and is the official court administrator for all civil and criminal court cases. In this latter capacity, the Clerk creates and maintains all court files and records, prepares court orders and jury lists, contacts jurors and issues summons and court processes.


The Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Office prosecutes all criminal and traffic cases occurring within Prince William County and the City of Manassas, and all felonies committed in the City of Manassas Park, the Towns of Dumfries, Quantico, Occoquan and Haymarket.


The Forum will be emceed by PWC Bar President, Jennifer B. Zary.  In addition to giving prepared opening and closing statements, candidates will be asked a series of questions that have been prepared by a panel of local attorneys.  Those in attendance will also be given the opportunity to draft questions for the candidates which will be submitted to the panelists for consideration.  There will be a brief reception following the forum during which candidates and constituents may congregate.


For more information about Prince William County Bar Association Programs, visit us on-line at


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