The House of Delegates has legislative power, with the Senate, to enact laws. Delegates serve a 2-year term and are eligible for re-election. The salary is $17,640 per year. A delegate must be at least 21 years old at the time of election and be a resident of the district he/she seeks to represent.
Candidate: Springfield resident Eileen Filler-Corn, 49, is the Democratic incumbent.
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Ithaca College; J.D. American University; Washington College of Law
Occupation: director of government relations, Albers & Company
Candidate: Fairfax resident Christopher F. DeCarlo (Independent)
Education: Course work, Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, Georgia Tech.
Occupation: Providing products and services to consumers in the free market.
Candidate: Burke resident Fredy A. Burgos (Republican)
Education: Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University, graduated with a degree in business.
Occupation: Small business owner
What is your legislative priority this session?
Burgos: My legislative priority would be to remove money as a requirement to take state business licensing exams. People should be judged by their ability, knowledge and experience not by the size of their wallet or purse.
DeCarlo: To fight the political party business model that has corrupted our government and emphasize that constitutionally the people are supposed to be the source of power.
Filler-Corn: Schools and jobs. Protecting our incredible schools, especially in light of the proposed cuts, is always a focus of mine. In addition—as we deal with the lasting effects of the sequester and the government shutdown—jobs and the economy is also a major priority.
What makes you the better candidate?
Burgos: I am more qualified to represent District 41 because of the most important issue facing our district which is the economy and jobs. For 25 years I have worked for small business in the home improvement industry and 12 years running my own small business right here in Burke. I have learned how to negotiate with people and how to come up with incentives to come together.
DeCarlo: I have experience with how money has corrupted the process of governance and I want to dispel the myth that candidates have to sell their soul to the devil before they can be elected.
Filler-Corn: With a long history of service to Virginia and Fairfax County, I am proud to have a reputation for working with members of both parties to bring back more funding for our schools and our roads throughout our community.
In your role as a state legislator, how would you impact the lives of your constituents?
Burgos: If I were our state legislator I would impact the lives of my constituents by working hard to make sure that the state government moves out of the way of economic opportunity and progress.
DeCarlo: By promoting the principles of democracy as we were taught in school and striving to restore their trust in their government.
Filler-Corn: My experience working for Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and serving as Delegate for 3 1/2 years prepare me to successfully navigate state government on behalf of my constituents. My goal is to assist residents of my community. I am available and accessible, always.
Tell us something about yourself that you think people would find surprising—a hobby, a talent or an interesting fact.
DeCarlo: I am a 55-year-old white male that has written and produced five anti-corruption rap videos that are posted on YouTube.
Filler-Corn: I hold regular office hours monthly at neighborhood coffee houses throughout the 41st district, where I meet with constituents to discuss issues, potential legislation and anything of importance to residents.