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?
James F. Almand (D), Incumbent, 33, of 2615 N. Roosevelt St., Arlington, an attorney, was first elected to the House in 1977; he serves on Courts of Justice, General Laws, Claims and Militia and Police committees. A former assistant commonwealth's attorney, he is on the Virginia Coal and Energy Commission.
Issue: Undoubtedly, the adjustments necessary in the budget will be of utmost importance during the 1983 short session. If the constitutional amendment requiring limitations on the types of legislation which can be considered in a short session passes, many of the issues of statewide concern may well be prohibited, such as the repeal of the sales tax on food and nonprescription drugs.
Budget: I think Gov. Robb has taken the correct steps to help ensure that we do not face a deficit in Virginia. This is his constitutional mandate. He exempted certain human service programs from these cuts at the outset and is considering granting exemptions to additional programs and certain institutions of higher education. It would have been wrong to cut every single program 5 percent without exception, because those programs which directly serve those who cannot help themselves must be continued and were already substantially cut last year.
Problem: I do not think one issue stands out above all the rest. Housing and tenant landlord issues are of continuing concern. Additional legislation is needed to preserve affordable single and multi-family housing in this area. Mass transit and highway fund allocations are of constant concern. Road maintenance is also of particular interest. Environmental issues involving water, the transportation of hazardous materials and the mining of uranium in Virginia will all receive attention at the next session unless barred as a result of the constitutional amendment previously mentioned.