Extra-curricular activities:Member, Virginia House of Delegates, General Assembly, 39th District, 1996-present; committees: finance, health, welfare and institutions, science and technology and, 1996-2001, courts of justice and Chesapeake and its tributaries; Virginia secretary of transportation and public safety, 1986-90; delegate, Virginia General Assembly, 1982-86; member, Salvation Army Advisory Council; member, Annandale Rotary; past member, Washington Council of Governments Task Force on Growth and Transportation; past chairman, Virginia Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee; past trustee, Virginia Museum of Natural History; past chairman, Fairfax County Fiscal Policy Commission; past co-chairman, Countywide School Bond Referendum; founding member, Committee of 100; past president, Fairfax Area League of Women Voters; past president, Wakefield Forest PTA.
Why should voters elect you?"As a very active citizen and officeholder, I've demonstrated my effectiveness in finding constructive solutions. I listen. I know my community. I know state government."
What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?"Comprehensive tax reform and school funding reform is essential to relieve the pressure on real estate taxes. Fairfax gets only 15 percent of our school funding from the state, while Prince William gets close to half. Fairfax cannot tax tourists, as Alexandria and Arlington do, through restaurant and hotel room taxes. We are limited to a 5-cent cigarette tax while Alexandria's is 50 cents. Fairfax also needs an urban tax base to meet our urban needs, especially to improve transit and traffic flow and to better educate all children as well as those with special needs by lowering class sizes."