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 Amendment? Do you support its passage. Why or why not?
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?
Warren E. Barry, 48, of 8572 Gwynedd Way, Springfield, is a 12 year veteran of the legislature. He is president of Barry Associates, a commercial and industrial management firm. He also is president and owner of the Springfield Travel Service Inc. He was a teacher in Fairfax County before entering private business.
Major objective: I feel that there are many pressing problems which must be addressed, but have singled out public education as being most essential to the benefits of our society and as also being that one area where the largest proportion of tax dollars are expended. For this reason, I would renew my effort to give the people of Virginia the right to determine whether board of education, which set educational policy, would continue to be by political appointment, or whether there boards would be selected through a nonpartisan elective process where the citizen could express him or herself by casting a vote.
Equal Rights Amendment: It is my opinion that the ERA will once again be defeated in the House Commmittee on Privileges and Elections. I would find it difficult to cast a vote against equality in treatment or opportunity for anyone, but would vote the will of my constituents where that will can be identified.
Local funding: Even though Virginia has been on an austerity program for the past three years, there is still room for reduction in appropriations. Based upon information available, most of the impact created by reduced federal funding can be absorved by curtailing nonessential services. There will, however, be areas where the state will bear additional burden to carry out mandated and essential programs. Hopefully this will be accomplished without any tax increases on either the state or local level.
Nelson P. Jackson, 50, of 7838 Midday Lane, Alexandria, spent 22 years in the Navy. He received a bachelor's degree in political science from Duke University and a master's degree in government from Georgetown University.
Major objective: To work with governor Coleman on stricter law enforcement. To help curb crime.
Equal Rights Amendment: Perhaps not because of time. I do not support the passage because due process is guaranteed by the Constitution.
Local funding: No, because I don't feel we need to go into taxation because we are losing these funds.It is an opportunity to take what we do have and employ those funds efficiently.
Frank Medico, 57, of 1000 Emerald Dr., Alexandria, is a certified public accountant and was assistant director with the U.S. General Accounting Office for more than 20 years before his retirement.
Major objective: My major objective or top priority is to make Virginia state government more efficient so that citizens can get a dollar's worth of service for every dollar spent. The 1980-82 beinnial budget totals about $11.5 billion or a skyrocketing growth of about 300 percent since the 1968-70 biennial budget. State positions now total 94,000. In just 10 years, 1969-1979, the per-capita property taxes in Virginia have increased 170 percent, which was the second highest in the nation.Our property taxes actually outgrew our incomes by 7 percent during this period. In my opinion the state must better control this skyrocketing growth in spending. We must limit growth of government, increase efficiency and productivity.We must weed out any waste, duplication and inefficiency. For example, by consolidating insurance policies for vehicles, property and liability coverage for all state agencies, taxpayers could be saved about $3 million. The taxpayers must be given relief for the ever-increasing cost of government. I plan to use my longtime budget and management experience to push for economies and priorities that address the basic needs of our citizens. The efficient, effective use and management of our tax dollars will be a top priority during my tenure as a delegate in Richmond.
Equal Rights Amendment: Passage of ERA during the 1982 legislative session will depend on the make-up of the General Assembly, which will probably be quite different under the current redistricing plan. Ultimately ERA will pass or fail based upon its citizen support. As a political novice, I feel it would be presumptuous of me to venture a guess at how citizens throughout the Commonwealth will feel about ERA next year. Personally I support equal rights for women. But I feel that our current federal and state laws, if adequately enforced, could provide that equality. Adding a constitutional amendment would merely open up a new flood of litigation to enrigh the lawyers of our nation without assurance that gains can be made. As a manager, I helped employes achieve their goals. I will continue inventory of state laws affecting equal opportunity and determine performance and accomplishments under thos laws. I will push to correct any deficiency including appropriate legislation for passage by the General Assembly to ensure equal opportunity for all.
Local funding: Federal budget cutbacks do not necessarily mean automatic cutbacks in the state services. For example, consolidating various federal programs into one black grant will eliminate a good deal of red tape for state governments. The block grant approach will also give more say to state officials on how tax dollars are to be spent. Less complicated administrative procedures can be established to make more money available for actual program recipients. I believe that before final decisions are made concerning funding any federal budget cut that affects a state program, we should analyze all of our state programs and determine if they are achieving their goals. Those that are essential should be continued and made as efficient and cost effective as possible. Increased productivity by state workers should also be examined to offset personnel cutbacks. We must evaluate all of our state functions so that we are doing more with our current resources. Until these steps are taken, I will oppose any new state taxes.
Ben Partin, 55, of 8908 Captains Row, Alexandria, is a member of the executive committee of the Fairfax County Republican Committee. He is a retired Air Force general and is a consulting engineer and writer.
Major objective: I would seek legislative reforms to provide oversight for accountability and responsiveness of a people-serving Virginia government, to establish ethical standards that will lessen susceptibility of legislation to special interest gratuities and to assure the elimination of "legalese" in Virginia laws. I will also seek legislation to provide new opportunities for the education and training of skilled craftsmen and technicians, particularly in new technologies.
Equal Rights Amendment: There is little reason to expect the ERA passage because it has not been brought out of committee. I support equal rights for women and reforms to provide more equitable financial protection. I oppose the ERA because it offers unlimited potential for judicial mischief.
Local funding: The Virginia legislature should work to reduce the tx burden as the Reagan administration is doing at the federal level. Economy and efficiency of government should be sought at all levels -- not a transfer of tax burden. There may, however, be some unique requirements.