District 32: When he won a seat in the House in 2009, Republican Thomas A. “Tag” Greason glibly said that Virginia could improve its schools and roads without raising taxes. He turned out to be educable: Mr. Greason, distinguishing myth from reality, voted this year for the transportation bill that will deliver billions of dollars in new taxes to repair and expand the state’s ailing road network. He also successfully pushed to require insurance companies to provide coverage for autistic children. His Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Amy Miller, a longtime pro-choice advocate, is a worthy opponent, but Mr. Greason deserves reelection.
District 33: If it had been up to Republican Dave A. LaRock, Virginia’s transportation system, already decrepit after a quarter-century of dwindling revenues, would continue crumbling — and the state’s commuters would face ever-longer drive times. What’s more, Mr. LaRock, a developer, would kill off the Silver Line to Dulles. His doctrinaire opposition to investing in infrastructure helped him to defeat the Republican incumbent, Joe May, in the GOP primary. Voters in the Loudoun County district would be much better served by Democrat Mary L. Costello Daniel, a moderate member of the Berryville Town Council who would be a problem-solver in Richmond, not an ideological crusader.
District 34: Barbara J. Comstock, a two-term Republican with one of the most ideologically rigid voting records in Richmond, likes to cite her legislation extending tax breaks to data centers in Northern Virginia. But by opposing Virginia’s transportation funding bill, she became part of the problem that has plagued her district’s commuters. Ms. Comstock, who took Grover Norquist’s pledge against any new taxes, cast other doctrinaire votes in favor of mandating transvaginal ultrasounds for women considering abortions and eliminating reasonable limits on gun purchases. A prodigious fundraiser, she has managed to obscure her record by stressing anodyne issues like combating Lyme disease. Voters in her district, which stretches from McLean in Fairfax County to northwest Loudoun County, shouldn’t be fooled. Democrat Kathleen J. Murphy, a former official at the Commerce Department and USAID, would be an improvement.
District 35: Democrat Mark Keam, a two-term incumbent, has made his mark as the driving force behind successful legislation to help veterans and promote sustainable energy. He’s the easy choice in this Fairfax County district over Republican Leiann L. Luse, who has not mounted an active campaign.
District 37: David L. Bulova, the level-headed, hard-working Democratic incumbent, has pushed sensible bills to fight human trafficking and cut burdensome state rules on public schools. His opponent, Republican Patrice M. Winter, a former member of the Fairfax City Council, is a civic-minded moderate who has waged a serious campaign, but she has offered no compelling rationale for replacing Mr. Bulova.