There are 11 candidates running for five seats in the House of Delegates from the 19th legislative district. The district roughly lies south of Rtes. 50 and 236 in Fairfax County.

Here are the Democratic candidates:

Gladys B. Keating, 53, of 5911 Brookview Dr., south of Alexandria, is a volunteer in consumer and civic activities. She ran unsuccessfully for the House of Delegates in 1973 and 1975.

She listed her personal legislative objectives as:

"I would like to see the Virginia General Assembly accomplish a great number of objectives. Among them would be the following.

"Development and implementation of a well-balanced transportation system.

"Development of a comphrensive energy research and conservation program.

"Better legislative oversight of utilities.

"Legal recognition of the wife's contribution to marriages (both the working wife and the homemaker).

"Complete overhaul of the tax structure.

"Implementation of the Government Management Commission recommendations as well as reformation of the legislative process itself."

Michael Patrick Leahy, 22, of 8324 Garfiled Ct., Springfield, is a student at George Mason University and a graduate of Northern Virginia Community College. This is his first try for political office.

He listed his personal legislative objectives as:

"Under present Virginia law, rape followed by murder is a capital offense while murder followed by rape is not. I wish to extend capital punishment to murder-rape.

"I desire the state to stop aid to elective abortions.

"I will act so that felons or those with histories of mental instability be forbidden to own firearms.

"I will seek to have persons with experience as lobbyists or corporate officers of any industry or utility disqualified as candidates for regulatory agencies overlooking said utility or industry .

"I do not feel those guilty of a 'crime' in which the only victim is the criminal himself should be thrown in jail so as to become brutalized and embittered against society. Rather we should subject them to non-prison rehabilitation.

"I am opposed to Fairfax County's bottle ordinance."

Thomas Jefferson Rothrock, 44, of 10820 Windermere La., Fairfax Station, is a lawyer who has a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and a law degree from the George Washington School of Law. He is seeking re-election to his fourth consecutive term in the House of Delegates.

He listed his personal legislative objectives as:

"As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, the number one objective is to balance the budget, without increasing taxes. This will require judgment decisions on program and agency priorities. Northern Virginia, especially Fairfax County, is my top personal priority for increased state funding, particularly in the area of education, including George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College. Increased state aid to Metro is another top priority. The legislature must deal effectively with the cost of electricity and the continuing problem of crime. Fairfax County must be assured an adequate water supply. As a former recipient of the Viriginia Wildlife Federation's Legislator Conservationist of the Year award. I will continue my fight to preserve Virginia's beauty and the quality of life that is so important to the citizens of Fairfax County. I will again be in the thick of battle for clean air, clean water, parks, scenic rivers, regulation of toxic substances, preservation of open spacs and giving localties more autonomy to deal with growth and land use problems."

Richard (Dick) L. Saslaw, 37, of 8508 Raleigh Ave., Annandale, is a real estate salesman who was graduating from the Unversity of Maryland with a degree in economics. He was elected to the House of Delegates in 1975.

He listed his personal legislative objective as:

"Allow the county to grant tax relief for disabled citizens.

"Insure competition and keep down the price of gasoline by forbidding oil company-owned and operated stations.

"Close some loopholes in the breaking and entering statutes.

"Confine smoking in schools and hospitals to designated areas.

"Amend the state constitution to allow for citizen-initiated referendums.

"Del. Sasiaw also supports the Equal Rights Amendment, single-member districts, legislation to help the consumer and greater state aid to Metro."

Vernon L. (Lee) Strang Jr., 23, of 5536 Hollins La. Burke, is a student at George Mason University and is making his first try for political office.

He listed his personal legislative objectives as:

"To gain a fair share for N. Va. and to attack at full force the rising problem of juvenile delinquency in the state. To give elderly who are living upon a limited inocmed a tax break. To see the ERA gets passed."

here are the Republican candidates:

John W. Adams Jr., 48, of 7524 Murillo St., North Springfield, is a self-employed businessman.He attended Southeastern University and is making his first try for political office.

He listed his personal legislative objectives as:

"Favoring immediate implementation of Dalton plan to remedy water shortage in N. Va. by tapping Shenandoah River supply.

"Human Life Amendment.

"Building 1-66 immediately.

"Elected school boards.

"Bringing equity to our capital punishment law by broadening it through legislation to allow capital punishment for every first-degree premediated murder.

"Reguiring the registration of convicted sex offenders with their local police.

"Horse racing in Virginia.

"Opposing any legislation that would increase existing tax rates.

"Any legislation that would create new taxes on existing tax base.

"Descriminalizing the possession, use, production or sale of marijuana.

"Additional gun control laws.

"Collective bargaining rights for municipal and state government employees.

"Equal Rights Amendment.

"Sales tax on food and medicines."

Warren E. Barry, 44, of 6938 Franconia Rd., Springfield, heads a commercial and industrial property management firm, is a graduate of Boston State College and has done graduate work at George Washington University. He is seeking his fifth consecutive House of Delegates term.

He listed his personal legislative objectives as:

"My position as the only Fairfax delegate on the Finance Committee seeking re-election dictates my concern with a possible increase in the income tax. Due to Northern Virginia's high income, we pay a disproportionate share of this tax without any consideration to the high cost of living in the Metro area. Of high priority is the defeat of such proposal. In addition, I will renew my efforts to get elected rather than appointed school boards. Due to inequities within the judicial system, I will work for minimum mandatory sentencing and the enactment of a recall system on judges along with a judicial review board. Had my sex Offenders Registration Act been law in 1977, the five Holmes Run murders might have been prevented. I will renew my efforts for apporval of this legislation. A continued joint effort by Northern Virginia legislators for additional state funding of mass transit is of critical importance to Northern Virginians."

Robert E. Harris, 41, of 4440 Glenn Rose St., Fairfax, is a division director in the Washington office of Rockwell Internationl Corp. and has bachelor's and master's degrees from George Washington University in operations research and business administration. He is seeking his third consecutive term in the House of Delegates.

He listed his personal legislative objectives as:

"Effective state action in solving the Northern Virginia water supply problem through development of a total water plan. With direct state support to raise the Occoquan dam by five feet and adding a 60-day water supply, pumping water from the Shenandoah to the Occoquan, tapping the 24-million gallon per day underground water flow in the Dulles area and building a Potomac River intake.

"Develop a state energy program which encourages greater use of Virginia's natural coal resources and provide tax incentives to individual homeowners for conservation improvements.

"Greater state emphasis in controlling rising crime through mandatory sentences for criminal repeaters, firm penalties for juvenile offenders, prompt processing of criminal cases through the courts and enactment of a sex offenders registration act.

"Control rising utility (water and electric) costs through utility reform.

"No state tax increase on Northern Virginians and no local income tax.

"Health care reform to reduce hospital costs."

Lawrence D. Pratt, 34, of 6812 Landor La., Springfield, isa a trade association executive who has done graduate work in political science. He is making his first try for political office.

He listed his personal legislative objectives as:

"I will work for responsible and efficient government along with promotion of the free enterprise system which means jobs for Virginians.

"I will oppose tax increase and work for tax relief of the erlderly and those on fixed incomes.

"Crime control is one of the most deep set concerns of our district. Revision of the Juvenile Code in the last session has made it almost impossible for police to cope with runaways and youthful offenders. Juvenile offenders seldom learn that crime does not pay. Criminal must learn that they are responsible for their acts. Victims should be, whenever possible, paid back by the criminal. Restitution by criminals work well in other states and needs to be adopted in Virginia.

"Our Fairfax County school boards must be elected to maximize taxpayer and parental control.

"Fairfax County needs a balanced mass transit system that works at a price we can afford.

"Northern Virginians have a right to an adequate water supply through such measures as a Potomac intake, an area interconnect of water systems and the Shenandoah pumpdown."

Robert L. Thoburn, 47, of 11121 Pope's Head Rd., Fairfax, is a school administrator, businessman and minister with a bachelor's degree from Muskingum College and a master of divinity degree and master of theology degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. He ran unsuccesfully last year in a Republican primary for the U.S. House of Representatives.

He listed his personal legislative objectives as:

"I would like to see a study made comparing the cost of state provided services as over against the cost of privately provided services.

"I would like to introduce legislation to remove employment barriers for youth and older persons.

"I wish to see legislation passed that will require criminals to pay damages to their victims.

"I believe a person who murders an ordinary citizen should be liable to the death penalty and not just the murderer of a policeman."

There is one independent candidate in 19th legislative district:

William P. (Bill) Whalen Jr., 33, of 7005 Ridgeway Dr., Springfield, is a self-employed consumer residential real estate counselor. He has a bachelor's degree from George Mason University in psychology and is making his first try for political office.

He listed his personal legislative objectives as:

"I have no specific legislative objectives at this time because I feel it necessary to get some working experience in the House first before I can intelligently discuss the hard matters of specific programs. However, there are two objectives or promises I can make without fear of having to compromise my personal convictions. I say this because common sense tells one that most legislative objectives or programs are the result of compromise between other legislators. The two promises in which I feel no need to compromise are: First, the promise that I intend to be an active, aggresive representative for the voters in my district. Second and more important than making policy, is the promise to be the go-between for individuals and their government. The promise to help people when sadness or despair has overtaken them especially after the individual has tried to help himself and is still unable to communicate with his government.