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 curtain some activities. Should the state provide funds or taxing sources to local government to make up these cuts?
Mark Glaser, 32, of 8067 Tributary Ct., Springfield, is a teacher of the handicapped at Lake Braddock Secondary School. He has been president of the Saratoga Townhouse Association and is an active member of the Democratic Party. Glaser has a PhD from American University.
Major objective: Expand the present number of members of the State Control Commission to include consumers in order to lower utility rates. There is no reason that Virginia should pay higher utility rates than neighboring states. These high rates will destroy our ability to draw new industry and allow present businesses to expand.
Equal Rights Amendment: Realistic or not, all citizens deserve equality. How other delegates feel about the ERA reflects their personal prejudice. For me, the ERA is the expression of our history to give everyone equality. I will support the ERA.
Local funding: i have pledged not to increase the dollar amount paid in taxes.
Gladys B. Keating, 58, of 5911 Brookview Dr, Franconia, is a two-term incumbent in the House and describes herself as a full-time legislator. She is a consumer advocate and was the first woman appointed to the Corporations, Insurance and Banking Committee and the Militia and Police Committee.
Major objective: Revision of Virginia Family Law -- that is, those sections of the Code pertaining to divorce, child support and spousal support so that you and I as taxpayers do not have to pick up the burden through Aid to Dependent Children and Medicaid.
Equal Rights Amendment: The success or failure to ratify the ERA depends entirely on the House of Delegates election this fall. If enough delegates are elected or reelected who are willing to discharge the Privileges and Elections Committee, the amendment could pass. I support the ERA as a matter of principle.
Local funding: the state, as I perceive it, is not willing to expand the taxing sources of local government. If the legislators are convinced, however, that the people not only want, but demand, services at the current levels they will find the funds. The people must speak now or as soon as we know the actual impact of the federal cuts.
Brendan O'Hara, 24, of 2115 White Oaks Dr., Alexandria, is a lifelong resident of Virginia. He is a graduate of Michigan State University. He worked on the Kennedy for President campaign in 1980 and was a delegate to the Virginia State Democratic Convention this spring.
Major objective: Public election of the State Corporation Commission, the commission which approves utility rate increases and on which no Northern Virginians has ever served. This should be accountable to the voters of the Commonwealth.
Equal Rights Amendment: It is not a question of being realistic but of supporting equal rights for all. The Equal Rights Amendment for women deserves its place in the U.S. Constitution. Therefore, I will favor general passage and support of the ERA.
Local funding: It is obvious that Virginia can't pick up all of these cuts, but Virginia government will have to take increased responsibility for maintaining its schools and highways.
David L. Temple Jr., 34, of 2697 Arlington Dr., Alexandria, is principal of the Lincolnia Vocational Educational Center for the handicapped. He previously worked for the Fairfax County Public Schools. He was vice chairman of the Fairfax County Human Rights Commission from 1977 to 1979.
Major objective: The elimination of the sales tax on food and nonprescription drugs and the closing of loopholes benefiting large corporations and special interest groups are clear priorities. Secondly, Northern Virginia must be permitted far greater authority to maintain and improve its roads and highways. This would likely involve modifying the state funding formulas to increase revenue support to our area.
Equal Rights Amendment: When the constitutional rights of 51 percent of Americans are denied, the rights of any law-abiding citizen can, at any time, become vulnerable to legislative whim or attack. The most recent Gallup Poll results indicate that support for ERA has increased from 58 to 63 percent of all Americans. Virginians are included in that great majority. Approval becomes realistic if the voters elect pro-ERA legislators and if the General Assembly chooses to respond to the true will of the people. I support the ERA and I want my native Virginia to lead the surge toward its final ratification.
Local funding: Northern Virginia has never received its fair share of state tax dollars from Richmond. By cutting direct federal aid to Fairfax County, forcing the county to become even more reliant on the "generosity" of downstate legislators, the Reagan administration has exacervated the problem. As a legislator from Northern Virginia. I would fight for Northern Virginia's fair share of state funding so that we receive services our tax dollars pay for, and work closely with county officials to give them the flexibility needed to solve local problems such as transportation, crime and education. The state must increase aid to Fairfax County to prevent unwanted increases in the local property tax.