FAMILY: Barbara, married 40 years; three children; five grandchildren
CAMPAIGN MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 222154, Chantilly, VA 20153
CAMPAIGN PHONE: 703-476-6944
OCCUPATION: Retired Federal Senior Executive, Defense Information System Agency
EDUCATION: B.S.E.E., City College of New York; M.S.A. Systems Management, George Washington University
QUALIFICATIONS: Former Vice-chair School Board Member, Chairman Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council, Vice-Chair Northern Virginia Community College Board of Trustees.
1. What is your top public service accomplishment?
Serving on the Fairfax County School Board, where I helped create Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and successfully proposed the MLK Jr. Holiday before federal legislation.
2. What sets you apart from the other candidates in the race?
Experience. Thirty-six years of public service in the 67th District. The ability and experience to reach across party lines. A record of bipartisanship to achieve objectives for the common good.
3. What is one thing you promise not to do if elected?
Adhere to a party line. I will represent the moderate views characteristic of the residents of the 67th District.
4. What is the biggest issue facing your district? What should be done to address it?
Transportation. We must complete Metrorail to Dulles. We must secure a dedicated transportation trust fund. We must find bipartisan solutions to our needs with adequate funding.
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 do not favor abortions, but the answer is in prevention not legislation.
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 satisfied with the current status. My objective is to get more infusion of funding into Northern Virginia, i.e. greater return of tax dollars.
7. In Northern Virginia, property taxes have increased dramatically in recent years. What role should the state play in this?
The state should fulfill, for example, its responsibility for full funding of public education. This would greatly relieve the pressure on local property tax.
8. What do you believe the role of the state should be in determining the status of same-sex couples in Virginia?
I don't believe that the state should discriminate based on sexual orientation.
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?
Public-private partnerships are a very reasonable way of solving transportation problems. But each must be examined thoroughly to determine the public benefit.
10. Do you believe that illegal immigration is a problem in Virginia? If so, why, and what should be done?
Illegal immigration is a problem for the United States and individual states such as Virginia. It is the federal government's responsibility to stop illegal immigration. Virginia should aggressively enforce its "legal presence" laws.