All candidates were asked: Major objective: Name one objective, or piece of legislation, you would seek if elected.
Equal Rights Amendment: Is it realistic to expect the Virginia House to approve the Equal Rights Amend
Local funding: The Reagan administration budget cuts will be felt in Virginia in the coming year, forcing some state and local governments to curtail some activities. Should the state provide funds or taxing sources to local government to make up for these cuts?
John S. Buckley, 28, of 2662 Glengyle Dr., Vienna, is seeking his second term in the House of Delegates. Buckley is secretary of the Republican Caucus and a member of the Fairfax County Republican Committee. A public policy consultant, he was an Echols Scholar graduate of the University of Virginia.
Major objective: My priority will be to work for a constitutional spending limitation and for indexing the income tax.
Equal Rights Amendment: I support equal rights for women, but I do not favor the ERA because the extension of time was unconstitutional; there are strong laws already on the books, both constitutional and statutory, to guarantee equal protection; ERA would result in a massive transfer of authority to the federal judiciary. ERA is too absolutist and would not allow even for reasonable distinctions based on sex, such as women's sports.
Local funding: The state will have to work harder to assist localities in coping with federal spending cuts, but I do not believe higher taxes are needed. State and local spending must place more emphasis on the priorities of transportation, education and crime control.
George C. Landrith Jr., 39, of 3005 Fox Mill Rd., Oakton, is a member of the Fairfax County Republican Committee and was Republican precinct chairman for President Reagan. He is a career consultant and a lifelong resident of Fairfax County.
Major objective: I will seek an amendment to the Virginia Constitution that will give Virginia voters the right to initiate and repeal laws by referendum, as is done in California and many other states. This would help to reduce voter apathy and provide a means for greater direct citizen involvement in government.
Equal Rights Amendment: No, ERA is a dead issue and will not pass in Virginia or nationally. I do not support its passage. It is diverting attention from many other issues of greater practical significance to most women.
Local funding: Programs should be reviewed on an individual basis. It would be very unfortunate, however, if Reagan's federal tax cuts were negated by increases in state taxes.
John H: Rust Jr., 34, of 2940 Miller Heights Rd., Oakton, is a lawyer and served as Fairfax city attorney from 1974 to 1978. He was elected to the House of Delegates in 1979. He serves on the Counties, Cities and Towns Committee and on the Claims Committee.
Major objective: In 1980, I went to Richmond convinced that Northern Virginia was not an isolated colony of the Commonwealth, but was an equal partner in the affairs of Virginia. We share many problems in common with the rest of the state. By working with representatives from all of the state, we have accomplished effective solutions to Northern Virginia problems. There are specific issues which will arise, but none is more important than approaching Virginia's problems as a Virginian, rather than in a parochail manner. This has been my position -- it is my position -- it will be my position in the future.
Equal Rights Amendment: I support the passage of the ERA; however, it is unrealistic to anticipate the fate of the amendment in the Virginia House until the composition of the House is determined in November. Recent decisions of the United States Supreme Court demonstrate that the court is properly returning the responsibility for equal rights to the legislative branch. The equal treatment of all men and women is a matter of national priority and it should be guaranteed by an amendment to the United States Constitution.
Local funding: Virginia can deal with the Reagan administration budget cuts within its existing means. Through careful fiscal management, the state has initiated new programs and assumed new responsibilities in the past without increasing the tax burden on Virginia citizens. Of course, if the General Assembly requires local governments to assume a part of these new responsibilities, it should provide funding from state resources.
Meghan Schreiber, 25, of 12137 Stirrup Rd., Reston, has lived in Virginia most of her life. She is the manager and head buyer for a retail store in the District. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California, with a bachelor's degree in communications-humanities.
Major objective: I would seek legislation that increases the capacity of the state prison system, not for the comfort of the prisoners but to ensure that mandatory sentencing will not be thwarted by lack of space.
Equal Rights Amendment: I see little likelihood that the Virginia House will change its views on the ERA. I would, however, support any efforts to bring the amendment to a vote before the full House. If this is accomplished, and if there is no significant change in the opinions of Northern Virginia voters, I would vote forits ratification.
Local funding: Yes. As I understand the concept of President Reagan's new federalism, more services and decision-making will be passed from the federal goverment to the states. Thus, if Virginia wants to maintain the present level of public services, it will have to pay for them out of state taxes. Theoretically, however, the cost of providing these services will be reduced because the federal bureaucracy would be by-passed.