Three Democrats are running for their party's nomination to the Virginia House of Delegates in the 23rd legislative district. The district has a "floater seat," so called because it includes both Arlington County and Alexandria.

The candidates are:

Elise Heinz, 42, of 2728 N. Filmore St., Arlington, is an attorney. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Wellesley College and her law degree from Harvard Law School. This is her first political race.

She listed her personal legislative objectives in the upcoming session as:

"Cooperate with all other Northern Virginia legislators to get the most we can for our region, recognizing that there's little chance of coming up with our fair share; get more power for localities to control their own destinies, since the majority of the General Assembly doesn't seem to want for their cities and counties what we want for ours.

"Get appointed to the House Courts of Justice Committee, which I think is sorely in need of a member who tries to represent the consumers of legal services, not just the providers. Ditto because it has never had a woman member, and has been quite insensitive to problems that affect women and few men (i.e., homemakers' financial security, rape law revision). Oddly enough, of the 17 women who have ever served in the Virginia legislature, none has been a lawyer; since this committee is traditionally limited to lawyers, I would be the first woman qualified to serve on it.

"Generally to convert the wide acquaintance and established working relationship I have developed in four years as an ERA lobbyist into more votes for measures important to my constituents and myself."

Jim McCaskill, 39, of 1227 South Taylor St., Arlington, is a teacher of government and psychology at Wakefield High School. He received his bachelor's degree from Wayne State University, master's degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and did graduate work at the University of London, the University of Nairobi and at local universities. He unsuccessfully ran for the County Board in 1975.

He listed his personal legislative objectives as:

"State fiscal responsibility. We must be certain that we get the greatest value for the taxpayers' dollar. Establishment of a Legislative Budget Office staffed with specialists in budget analyses is a start.

"Development of a state energy policy: Encouraging conservation and development of new energy sources. Returning decision making over local policy to local jurisdications.

"Continuing to fight for tenant rights. As a tenant I am very much concerned about our problems. Easing real estate tax burdens through optional sources of tax revenue. Give local jurisdictions a choice among several options for more funds.

"Full funding of education. As a teacher, I know first hand the problems caused by reduction of state funds.Education is one of my top priorities. Programs mandated by the state should be funded by the state. Restoration of negotiated contracts by public employees.

"The system used in Alexandria and Arlington worked well. It allowed employees to feed in their concerns about salary and conditions of work and yet allowed management the leeway it needed."

Robert L. Montague, 41, of 207 Prince St., Alexandria, is an attorney. He received his bachelor of arts degree in history and his law degree at the University of Virginia. He was unsuccessful in a race for the Alexandria City Council in 1973.

He listed his personal legislative objectives as:

"Solar energy utilization for space and heat in public buildings in order, to avoid future crises such as those that closed our schools and businesses this winter.

"Energy saving measures such as legislation to control throw-away beverage containers.

"Tax incentives to encourage use of more fuel-efficient motor vehicles.

"To promote reduction of air pollution in the most unhealthy metropolitan area in the country (Metropolitan Washington Area).

"State mandatory inspection of emission control devices as part of present motor inspection program.

"State funding for Metro construction to hasten alternatives to motor vehicles for urban transportation."