FAMILY: Married to Paula Hugo; three children — Katie (7), Christopher (5) and Matthew (6 months)
CAMPAIGN MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 893, Centreville, VA 20122
CAMPAIGN PHONE: 703-569-1201
OCCUPATION: Tax Preparation
EMPLOYMENT: Free File Alliance
EDUCATION: B.A., College of William & Mary; Kodak Fellowship for the Senior Managers in Government Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
QUALIFICATIONS: Serves on the Board of Directors of CapNet, a technology association; Former chief of staff to the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; Former Congressional staffer for U.S. Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-Wash.); Former staff member for U.S. Committee on House Administration and the U.S. Committee on Public Works and Transportation; Former Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs; Member of the U.S. Army Reserves, 1991 to 1998; Past member of the Commission on the Future of Transportation in Virginia; Currently a Rotarian, member of the Lions Club, member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus; At-large board member
of the Occoquan Watershed Coalition
1. What is your top public service accomplishment?
Last year, I embarked on a campaign to make Transportation a priority during the 2005 General Assembly session. In September 2004, I brought together a coalition of business leaders and legislators in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads to propose legislation that would dedicate additional funding to transportation. Our bill, with almost 70 bipartisan sponsors in the House became part of the final transportation bill. This final transportation package dedicated an additional $845 million into transportation.
2. What is one thing you promise not to do if elected?
I will not raise taxes on the citizens of Fairfax County.
4. What is the biggest issue facing your district? What should be done to address it?
I believe we have a transportation crisis in Virginia that if left unattended, will have a catastrophic impact on Virginia's economy and quality of life. Last year, I introduced a bill that would have dedicated all insurance premium tax revenue to transportation. A portion of these funds would be utilized to establish a revolving trust fund to finance transportation infrastructure improvements. Over 20 years, this plan would provide for $5.1 billion in transportation improvements.
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?
I would support a ban on partial birth abortion.
6. In Virginia, local governments have limited control of revenue and taxing authority. Should they have more? Less? What changes would you propose?
I do not support giving local governments additional powers that will be used to increase the tax burden of Fairfax County taxpayers.
7. In Northern Virginia, property taxes have increased dramatically in recent years. What role should the state play in this?
Recently, we have witnessed explosive growth in property taxes. These unreasonable tax increases are making it difficult for singles, families, and seniors to remain in Fairfax County. I support a 5 percent cap on real estate taxes unless the property is improved or sold with an override option from the counties. This would mean that the counties could increase the tax, but it would have to be approved by the voters.
8. What do you believe the role of the state should be in determining the status of same-sex couples in Virginia?
I support the traditional marriage amendment and believe marriage should be defined as one man and one woman.
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 support private-public partnerships but they need to be equitable for the traveling/commuting public.
10. Do you believe that illegal immigration is a problem in Virginia? If so, why, and what should be done?
Yes, the federal, state and local government all have a role to play in combating illegal immigration. Illegal immigrants should not receive taxpayer-funded benefits and there should be penalties for employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.