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Washington, Wood Debut on Dumfries Council

DUMFRIES, Va. – The Dumfries Town Council swore in incumbent Gwen Washington and new councilman Derrick Wood on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Washington was the only candidate on the ballot during the Nov. 6 General Election.

Washington is a life-long resident of Dumfries and a staff member at Dumfries Elementary School. An incumbent, she was appointed to the town council to serve following the death of Mayor Fred Yohey to fill a seat vacated by Nancy West, who no longer serves on the council.

Wood won election as a write-in candidate on the ballot. A Dumfries businessman and personal barbecue chef, Wood told voters prior to the election it was shameful Prince William County officials changed the Dumfries Magisterial District to the Potomac Magisterial District, and more should be done to improve the image of Virginia’s oldest town.

Dumfries Councilwoman Gwen Washington points out the portrait of her father, Wilmer Porter, in town hall, which was named for him. (KJ Mushung/

New Dumfries Town Councilman Derrick Wood poses with his wife, Monique, and children, 7-year-old Dynasty, 10-year-old Derrick II and 11-year-old Dyvine. (KJ Mushung/

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  • Mary Lively

    Congratulations…..Gwen Washington, she is the “best” for Dumfries as Town Councilwoman! I know she will serve in “excellence” and give her all for the people! I am honored to know her and to be her friend.

    Mary Lively
    Dumfries, VA

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