In the Republican primary in the 18th legislative district, seven candidates are running for five nominations for the Virginia House of Delegates. The 18th District includes northern Fairfax County, roughly north of Rtes. 50 and 236, and the independent cities of Fairfax City and Falls Church.
The candidates are:
Helga V. Bonney, 34, is a newsletter publisher and manager of computerized mailing lists. Bonney, of 1561 Inlet Ct., Reston, has a B.A. degree in international relations and German-English interpreting from the University of Graz, Austria, and an associate degree in English from the College of Technology and Art, Rugby, England. She is running for public office for the first time.
She listed her personal legislative objectives in the upcoming session as:
"I am very interested in several women's issues. My concern and efforts will go into revision of the rape law, with stricter enforcement of sentences for the offender and more considerate treatment of the victim.
Thomas Rae (Tom) Cagley, 36, is an economic research associate. Cagley, of 6846 Westmoreland Rd., Falls Church, holds a bachelor of arts degree in history and economics, and has done graduate work in urban analysis and economics. It is his first try for public office.
Cagley listed his personal legislative objectives as:
"1. Tackle the transportation problems, particularly of Northern Virginia. Take a hard look at the management of the Metro system, and make forceful changes where needed, and they are needed, particularly in the financial areas.
"2. Stress broadening Virginia's base of employment. The state is too dependent on 'soft skills' and needs to expand to other areas.
"3. Do a total review of current state employment; including number of employees, where employed, necessity of position. Seek out areas that are overemployed or overstaffed, as well as those that are understaffed, and make changes. But at least be able to say how may people are working for the state, which cannot be done now.
"4. Remove the stodgy appearance of our legislature and give it some dynamic and youthful leadership."
Vincent F. Callahan Jr., 45, is an editor and publisher and lives at 6220 Nelway Dr., McLean. A member of the House of Delegates since 1968, a Republican candidates for lieutenant governor in 1965 and Republican candidate for Congress from the 10th congressional district in 1976, Callahan is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and also was graduated from the American University Graduate School of Journalism.
Callahan's legislature objectives are:
"I will continue my work on the money related functions of the state government, including the House Appropriations Committee and the Joint Legislature Audit and Review Commission. We face severe budgetary problems during the next session of the General Assembly and must make sure that we make the most effective use of the revenues that we have available.
"I plan the introduction of legislation in the area of tax reform and also have assumed the chairmanship of a VALC (Virginia Advisory Legislative Commission) study committee looking into the leasing of state office space, with the objective of achieving savings and the possible creation of a Virginia version of the General Services Administration.
"I also plan legislation in the area of energy with emphasis on incentives for insulation and other energy-related savings."
Martin H. Perper, 37, is a management consultant and businessman. Perper, of 6653 McLean Dr., McLean, was educated at the Staunton Military Academy, Roosevelt High School, George Washington University and Benjamin Franklin University. He ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate last year.
His legislative objectives are
"1. To streamline the government so that each citizen may receive more services for the tax dollar spent and limit tax increases.
"2. To introduce sunset legislation which will help insure economical use of the taxpayer's dollar by requiring each agency, every four years, to come before the legislature with proof of its need to receive funding for the next two bienniums.
"3. The establishment of elected boards.
"4. Removal of sales tax on food and non-prescription drugs."
Michael D. White, 25, of 7722 Iroquois Ct., Falls Church, is a management consultant with an international public accounting firm. He holds a bachelor of arts degree summa cum laude from Boston College in Russian and English, a master of arts degree summa cum laude from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in international economics. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
White said that as a legislator he woule:
"Demand a more effective use of the existing resources of state government to preserve a healthy climate for economic development.
"Work to re-establish a vibrant sense of community in the diverse areas of Fairfax County, Falls Church and Fairfax City."
"Work to see Dulles Access Road opened to the taxpayers who paid for it.
"Want to shift sales tax off of food.
"Support sunset acts requiring a full review of each state program at least once every 5 years, terminating those which are wasteful, inefficient or duplicative."
White said he:
is "dedicated to the preservation of historic heritage.
"Support quality education at a reasonable cost.
"Favors enabling legislatiion for a referendum to establish a maximum property assessment rate and other property tax guidelines.
"Opposes compulsory collective bargaining.
"Opposes additional gas tax for Metro.
"Favors immediate completion of I-66."
Cliffor W. Overcash, 49, of 10109 Toms Ct., Fairfax, owns Lyford Uniforms Inc. His education background consists of about two years in business college, studying accounting. The only other public office he has sought was an unsuccessful bid for the Fairfax City Council.
Overcash says that as a delegate he will:
"Vote to spend tax dollars with the same caution that successful businessmen must use in order to stay in business.
"Work for legislation designed to set an example to the entire country in redesigning more equitable state income tax laws.
"Initiate legislation to stop the fuel adjustment charge in utility bill and also to curb the power of the state utility commission and require the utility companies to operate in a more business-like manner.
"Work for changes in state banking commission laws to permit banks to pay daily accured interest on checking accounts with balances in excess of $200 (or $100 if charge is made for check.)
"Initiate legislation requiring all other new legislation of state-mandated programs be presented with accompanying tax legislation to provide funding at state level rather than pass that responsibility to local jurisdiction.
"Initiate legislation expressly forbidding collective bargaining in the public sector.
"Institute legislation establishing a speculative real estate sales tax of 1 per cent on any real estate that's held for less than 10 years prior to sale or 2 per cent on any real estate held for less than five years prior to sale. (This would serve a dual purpose. It should have a tendency to curb spiraling inflation in this area and at the same time place the burden of responsibility for this inflation where it primarily belongs.) Any tax revenue from this source should be returned to the jurisdiction from which it came provided they in turn use it to reduce local property and/or personal tax."
Peter Wells Scott, 43, 3336 Hemlock Dr., Falls Church, is a financial consultant. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Amherst College, holds a masters in business administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, and holds a law degree from George Washington University. In 1975 he ran unsuccessfully for the Providence district seat on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
His goals are:
"Improve substantive quality of education.
"Greater cost benefit analysis of existing programs.
"No increased taxes on food and necessary prescriptions.
"Mandatory sentencing for repeat criminals offenders.
"Curtail programs not carrying their own weight."