Candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates were asked the following questions by The Washington Post:
Issue: What do you believe is the most important statewide issue the 1983 General Assembly will confront?
Budget: What is your opinion of the Robb administration's budget cuts? Would you cut some programs more deeply and restore funds to others?
Problem: What Northern Virginia problem is most in need of legislative attention?
Donald W. Patterson Jr. (D), 44, of The Plains, heads Patterson and Associates, economic and energy planning consultants. A Loudoun County native, he has worked on community development projects in South America, has operated a media communications firm and coordinated research contracts on western coal development.
Issue: Dealing with the problems of drunk driving and drug abuse -- including all the associated problems of enforcement, sentencing and corrections.
Budget: Federal budget realities are still unfolding. Things may be different in January. The governor has hinted that the state's responses will still be evolving. My priorities are to assure that road maintenance and construction is not allowed to lag, the state relationship with local government is sustained so that service needs can be met locally and quality education is provided for all.
Problem: Our more rural lifestyle is under constant attack. It is essential that laws be passed which take the profit out of bad development and put the profit back into the rural economy -- farming and small local business of all kinds.
Kenneth B. rollins (R), Incumbent, 46, of 245 Valley View Ave., Leesburg, served in the House of Delegates from 1973 to 1976 and was reelected in 1981. An attorney, he has been a district and juvenile court judge in Loudoun County. He was mayor of Leesburg for 15 years. He also has been a member of the Virginia Water Control Board.
Issue: Money management: International, national, state and local governments must continually readjust to accommodate ever changing economic conditions. We must be both prepared and prudent in distributing the Commonwealth's resources. We must establish priorities and monitor programs to insure our goal of equity to all is being achieved. Strong commitment is required.
Budget: Budget cuts were necessary to avoid tax increases. I believe we should live within our means and spend our necessities. I am concerned the governor's across-the-board approach is too simplistic. Programs dealing with the truly needy, public safety (the war on crime and drugs must be fully funded), transportation and education would be my priorities for more funding. We should cut more administrative overhead and eliminate unnecessary and unwarranted governmental regulations.
Problem: Transportation: Roads in Northern Virginia are clogged and deteriorating, with no relief in sight. Existing highway programs and fund distribution formulae are ineffective and inadequate. Like a heart patient whose arteries and veins are failing, quick action must be taken. Funding sources, fund distribution, maintenance and construction programs must all be revised and revamped in order that Northern Virginia will have an adequate and viable transportation system.