Del. Dave Albo (R-42) during a debate on the house floor during last year’s General Assembly session.
Candidate: Republican incumbent Dave Albo, 51, a resident of Fairfax Station, has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 1994.
Education: West Springfield H.S., BA economics at the University of Virginia, law degree from the University of Richmond
Occupation: Attorney Albo & Oblon, LLP
Candidate: Democrat Ed R. Deitsch, 60, a resident of Fairfax Station
Education: attended Penn Foster College for Veterinary Technicians
Occupation: 30 years managing commercial print and copy centers, owned two small businesses, veterinary technician six years
Q: What is your legislative priority this session?
Deitsch: I have three priorities, first would be a repeal of the mandatory ultrasound bill. Second would be finding additional funding for our schools, and third would be Medicaid expansion.
Albo: Using the Transportation Bill I co-authored, repave Keene Mill and residential streets. Continue to make government work so that companies will bring jobs to NOVA. Continue to keep Southern Virginia from taking our education funds.
Q: What makes you the better candidate?
Deitsch: I will fight for the rights of all Virginians. My opponent voted 13 times to restrict a woman’s right to choose and then joked about the ultrasound bill on the house floor. I believe that women should be trusted to make their own choices without the interference of a politician. I will be a full-time delegate, working all year for my constituents.
Albo: Instead of being pre-occupied with social issues, I concentrate on delivering solutions. Congress in DC is obviously broken. In Virginia, we get along with each other and deliver balance budgets, on time, every year.
Q: In your role as a state legislator, how would you impact the lives of your constituents?
Deitsch: Everything a state legislator does impacts his or her constituents. School funding, Medicaid expansion, transportation, gun safety, air quality. Laws and budgeting on these issues and more has an effect on all of our everyday lives, on our quality of life.
Albo: I helped build South County High and Fairfax County Parkway, delivered $399/student additional state money to Fairfax Schools, created hundreds of new in-state slots at Virginia colleges, and donated my legislative salary to charity.
Q: Tell us something about yourself that you think people would find surprising—a hobby, a talent, or an interesting fact.
Deitsch: There are two things I think people should know. First, I spent five years as a stadium announcer for professional soccer. Second would be that in my position with the Humane Society of the United States’ National Disaster Animal Response Team I have been associated with the rescue of several thousand animals.
Albo: I played trombone in the WSHS Band. Using that training, I taught myself guitar at age 40. Now my band, featuring my wife, Rita, on tambourine, rocks it out at Empire in West Springfield.