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Ron M. Grignol Jr. (R)

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Ron M. Grignol Jr. (R)

Age: 44

Residence: Kingstowne.

Education: BS, electrical engineering, Virginia Tech; graduate, U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School (equivalent of MS in nuclear engineering).

Occupation: Senior engineer, Computer Sciences Corp.

Elected offices/civic activities: President, Fathers for Virginia; treasurer, Northern Virginia Regional Fatherhood Coalition.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Taxes. We need to cap property tax growth at 5 percent per year and get rid of assessments for current homeowners. We need to get rid of the car tax as fast as possible. We also need to repeal the tax on retirement income. The people in this district are overtaxed. Many retired people and families with children are leaving the area. This will continue until tax relief is provided."

Why should voters elect you?

"I am more in touch with the voters and understand their needs better than my opponent."

Web site:

http://www.rongrignol.com

E-mail address:

ron@rongrignol.com

Mark D. Sickles (D)*

Age: 48

Residence: Kingstowne.

Education: BS, forest management, Clemson University; MS, industrial management, Georgia Tech; MS, technology and science policy, Georgia Tech; fellow, Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.

Occupation: Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates; corporate and government relations, Weeks Marine Inc.

Elected offices/civic activities: Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates, 2004-present; former trustee, Fairfax County Public Library Board, 1993-2004; former board member, United Community Ministries, 1995-2001; former board member, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 2003; former member, citizens bond committees, 1998, 2002; member,

Safe Youth Coalition.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"The most urgent issue is traffic congestion caused by rapid growth without concurrent investment in transportation infrastructure. The pending job growth at Fort Belvoir will present many challenges but will also provide an opportunity to work for improved road access (finishing the Fairfax County Parkway) and public transportation, including an extension of the Blue Line. This year, $848 million was invested in transportation, in addition to $60 million for Metro and Virginia Railway Express cars. In the 43rd District, the new funding will be used to upgrade Telegraph Road from Hayfield Road north to the South Kings Highway split."

Why should voters elect you?

"I am an experienced, moderate voice with a commitment to the kind of bipartisanship that has provided a sound economic basis for Virginia's future."

Web site:

http://www.marksickles.com

E-mail address:

sickles2005@marksickles.com

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