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?
Robert G. Allen, 33, of 12301 Running Deer Rd., Manassas, is a former Air Force officer who now teaches journalism at George Mason University and mass media law at American University. He also is an attorney. He was named one of the "Outstanding Young Men in America" this year.
Major objective: I would work to increase the size of the State Corporation Commission to no fewer than five members. Currently, the SCC functions as a sort of old pals' club with the consumer left friendless in Richmond. A larger commission would tend to break up this "clique" and make the SCC more responsive to us. After all, the law of averages says the more members you have the more likely it is that sooner or later we'll actually get a commissioner who cares about the impact of his or her actions on the consumer!
Equal Rights Amendment: There is a very strong push on for ERA ratification in virginia. Although many "off the record" comments I've heard from politicians have labeled the issue a dead one in Virginia, I'm not so sure myself. Personally, I don't believe ERA is the best and most democratic way to achieve equal justice for women so I don't support it. ERA is such a simply drawn statement of principle that it means nothing until applied in a given situation by a life-tenured federal judge. It's those individually unpredictable applications that give me cause to pause. It seems like it's always the bizarre cases that make it inot an appellate court. Social engineering in a democracy should be accomplished by legislators accountable for their actions. Using the legislature and not the courts as a forum. I stand second to none in my support for equal justice for women.
Local funding: Yes.
Floyd C. Bagley, 59, of 18316 Possum Point Rd., Dumfries, has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1976. An attorney, he helped organize and is a director of the Local Government Attorneys of virginia. He served in the Marine Corps from 1939 to 1959 and was a military judge in 1970-72.
Major objective: Restoration of badly eroded local government power.
Equal Rights Amendment: 1. No; 2. Yes. It ought to be voted on once and for all time.
Local funding: Yes. A lottery to be used for education should be studied.
Norborne P. Beville Jr., 40, of 9000 Burwell Rd., Nokesville, has practices law in Prince William Country for 12 years and is a partner in the law of Beville & Eakin. He has been active in community affairs and served as chairman of the Prince William Democratic Committee from 1975 to 1977.
Major objective: Tougher sentences for repeat criminal offenders.
Equal Rights Amendment: Doubtful. I will vote for it because it will constitutionally solidify women's rights.
Local funding: In some cases, it may have to. This must be determined on a case-by-case basis.
David G. Brickley, 37, of 4804 Kelogg Dr., Woodbridge, is an incumbent. Brickley serves on the House of Delegates' Finance; Health, Welfare and Institutions; and Conservation and Natural Resources committees. He is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Utilities.
Major objective: Allow localities the local option of electing their school boards. Virginia is the only state in the nation which does not allow for some form of elected school boards.
Equal Rights Amendment: I support the passage of the ERA; however, its approval will face a strong uphill battle.
Local funding: As a member of the Finance Committee I am aware that the Reagan administration budget cuts will be placing tremendous demands on every state's resources. With inflation skyrocketing, the taxpayer is in no mood for a tax increase. Although Virginia is fortunate to have a conservative fiscal policy with a balanced budget, Medicare, Medicaid and educational needs are going to be dropped on the states by the federal government without the corresponding funds to pay for them. How this crisis is resolved will be (the legislature's) biggest problem.