If discussing experience, a candidate should be able to point to actions they have personally taken to advance their causes.
So I found this exchange from the Potomac News today about the Caton's Ridge development interesting. Mike May, asked about Jeff Dion's "opposition" to Caton's Ridge, noted that Dion had done absolutely nothing to voice his opposition or stop the development. Jeff Dion's response was this:
Dion said he is connected to the community though his children, Matt and Elizabeth.
"They've taught me that we all have a duty to make our community better," the 39-year-old Dion said.
BTW, the paper also makes a rather interesting omission, if other stories are to be believed. About Mike May, it says:
May and his wife Amelia live in Lake Ridge and are expecting their first child.
About Jeff Dion, it says:
He lives in Lake Ridge with his children. They attend St. Matthew's Lutheran Church.
But according to this post by BVBL, there's another person living at that house:
What makes this different is that Jeff is now an openly practicing
homosexual who lives with his gay partner.
If so, why doesn't it say that Jeff and his partner live in Lake Ridge? Does the paper think that information is not important?
I'll also note that this isn't the first time Jeff has made his children an issue in the race. In the article which announced his candidacy, we find this gem (remember, Mike May and his wife are just now expecting their first child):
"I'm committed to the Prince William Public Schools for at least the next 11 years," said Dion who is divorced and has lived in Northern Virginia for 21 years.
"I'm the only candidate in this race with children in the Prince William public schools," he said.