April 09, 2012 - 10:04 am

BY WESLEY P. HESTER

Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart is running for lieutenant governor.

Stewart, a Republican who has served as the at-large chairman of Prince William’s board since 2007, will formally announce his candidacy on Wednesday.

In 2008, Stewart gained recognition for championing the county’s illegal immigration law, which was briefly the toughest in the in the country before being altered by the board weeks after passing as concerns of racial profiling arose.

Last year, Stewart considered a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Jim Webb before endorsing former Gov. George Allen. 

No others have formally declared for the 2013 lieutenant governor’s race. But Aneesh Chopra, a Democrat who recently stepped down as the first White House chief technology officer, is expected to run.

If you’re not familiar with Stewart, here’s our profile from last year.