FAMILY: Wife Judy, and three children
CAMPAIGN MAILING ADDRESS: 4572 Fair Valley Dr., Fairfax, VA 22033
CAMPAIGN PHONE: 703-855-8767
OCCUPATION: Software engineering manager
EMPLOYMENT: A large defense contractor
EDUCATION: BS, Computer Science from Virginia Tech, 1978
1. What is your top public service accomplishment?
My top public service accomplishment is paying far more into the tax system than I have received back in government "services" and raising three college-educated children who will do the same.
2. What sets you apart from the other candidate(s) in the race?
I combine the best of both my opponents. I am fiscally conservative like my republican opponent and socially tolerant like my democrat opponent. Only by voting for Eby does one get "the whole package."
3. What is one thing you promise not to do if elected?
I promise never to raise taxes. I have signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge not to raise taxes. Free market solutions are always superior to government solutions and in the end cost far less.
4. What is the biggest issue facing your district? What should be done to address it?
The biggest issue facing my district is taxes. Gary Reese's demise shows just how important this issue is to the voters of my district. The General Assembly needs to repeal last year's outrageously huge tax increase and return the ever-growing surplus to the taxpayers.
5. Is there any additional legislation in regard to abortion that you would support? Would you make any changes to the current laws and regulation about abortion in Virginia?
Although I personally abhor abortion, I realize that reasonable people can disagree on this issue. I do not intend to propose or support legislation that will make abortion less accessible to these people.
6. In Virginia, local governments have limited control of revenue and taxing authority. Should they have more? Less? What changes would you propose?
I am quite content that Virginia operates under Dillon's Rule requiring local governments to seek permission from the state legislature before enacting new taxes. Without this provision, I am sure that voters in my district would be paying much higher taxes to Fairfax and Loudoun counties.
7. In Northern Virginia, property taxes have increased dramatically in recent years. What role should the state play in this?
The state's role, if any, should be to put legislation in place to cap real estate tax increases to the inflation rate. Any increase above this should require a referendum of local voters.
8. What do you believe the role of the state should be in determining the status of same-sex couples in Virginia?
The right of contract between adults should not be denied to any American regardless of his or her sexual orientation. It is not the state's business to pry into people's bedrooms. Repeal last year's offensive legislation denying the right of contract to gays.
9. What are your views about public-private partnerships and other mechanisms to privatize Virginia's highway system? What are the caveats you would identify as we move forward with this process?
I am 100 percent behind free market solutions to our transportation problems. I fully support the Public Private Transportation Act and will work to expand it. As for caveats, I see far more risk in continuing to pursue the old-fashioned government approach to roads than in turning this over to the market.
10. Do you believe that illegal immigration is a problem in Virginia? If so, why, and what should be done?
I do not see illegal immigration as one of Virginia's biggest problems. Illegal immigrants largely take jobs that most Virginians do not want. In this respect, they are providing Virginia with much-needed services and making our state a better place to live.