MT. VERNON DISTRICT T. Farrell Egge (R)
1814 Edgehill Dr., Alexandria Age: 42 Lawyer; member of Belle Haven Civic Association and area coordinator for Neighborhood Watch; former member and chairman, State Advisory Council to the National Legal Services Corp.; MBA, Wharton School of Finance, JD, Georgetown University; had two years' experience managing budgets and financial analysis for multinational industrial firm; spent three years as staff member on U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee (handled D.C. budget); member of state and district Republican committees.
1: Because I can make a difference. Mount Vernon is a delightful place to live, but much still needs to be done. For too long the Board of Supervisors, controlled by the Democratic majority, has neglected the needs of district residents, preventing them from receiving a fair share of funding and attention. This is accentuated by difficulties associated with the Rte. 1 corridor and the transportation problem in general. Five years ago I pressed to have more attention paid to transportation problems, but very little has been done to alleviate them. I will press for completion of the Lockheed Boulevard extension, opening access to the rest of the county without having to go all the way to I-495 or past Fort Belvoir. Furthermore, my broad budget experience uniquely qualifies me to address the budget of the County of Fairfax. By putting that experience to work for Mount Vernon citizens, I believe we can substantially reduce the tax burden shouldered by our residents and, at the same time, have more of those tax dollars focused in our district.
2: There are three extremely important issues facing the county: taxes, transportation and education. The most important is taxes, since they fund the other two. The rise in taxes is getting to the point where many of our citizens cannot afford to live in Fairfax County because of uncontrolled government spending. At the same time services are being reduced. We can reduce the growth in spending only if we elect people who will scrutinize the county budget closely and responsibly. In addition, we need to address the transportation issue by seeking funds from local, state and national levels.
3: There are, of course, constituent needs that must be provided for in any supervisor's office; however, we need to address countywide problems as well. The tax problem, the transportation problem and the school problem all must be addressed by the supervisor from Mount Vernon District. The Board of Supervisors has not seen fit to give sufficient priority to transportation, as I will (see comments above). With regard to the public school system, we need to maintain the quality of education we have come to expect, but we also must realize the community nature of our local schools and not be overcome by the press for larger centralized schools. My children are in Fairfax schools so I have a vested interest in seeing that our schools are maintained. Finally, I will do everything in my power as Mount Vernon supervisor to encourage business and development in Fairfax County, and along the Rte. 1 corridor in particular, to increase the business revenue of the county. At the same time, I will work with residents of the district to insure that while we encourage that business revitalization, we do not jeopardize the residential integrity of the communities nearby. Gerald A. Fill (Ind.)
1404 Oakbrooke Ave., Alexandria Age: 46 Federal executive/management analyst with U.S. Office of Management and Budget for 10 years; MPA.
There are many pressing issues for Mount Vernon that our local officials are not acting on. Some examples include development of the Rte. 1 corridor, traffic problems at Fort Hunt and Pohick Roads, and the Lorton/Gunston dump site. There are many other examples as well. We need new leadership with the expertise to serve Mount Vernon effectively, leadership with a knowledge of the county budget, leadership capable of finding solutions to our problems. My election will mean a full-time supervisor working to continue to improve Mount Vernon, as I have worked on the School Board for the last 4 1/2 years. I have voted for increasing state education funding, tougher penalties for drug pushers, incentives for school/business cooperation and promoting school volunteers. I have been an accessible, thoughtful and effective School Board member. I pledge to continue this record as supervisor of the Mount Vernon District.
2: Our biggest challenge is to preserve our quality of life by overcoming the challenges of declining enrollment in our schools and threats to the environment, while improving our community. This means cutting out the fraud, waste and abuse in the county budget and working to get a fair share of our county tax dollars back into Mount Vernon. We need to make our community a better place to live, through such measures as: (1) studying and proposing tax-relief programs, such as homeowner tax credits, averaging property tax payments and stabilizing property assessments; (2) election of School Board members; (3) streamlining county regulations so they will promote small-business growth, and (4) expanding roads and improved mass transit systems. Citizen input should be used to set the priorities to unclog the traffic jams that workers and shoppers experience daily. Unsafe roads and intersections must be improved. The state legislative formula for funding roads should be changed to return more money to Fairfax County.
3: When elected I will work toward a long overdue significant tax rate reduction, not a token one, by emphasizing the following priorities: (1) voting to eliminate wasteful county spending practices, such as double dipping; (2) voting to conduct a critical review of all county programs to eliminate or reduce unnecessary ones, and establishing an inspector general-type auditor reporting directly to the elected County Board to look for waste, fraud or abuse among all county programs; (3) voting to shift the property tax burden away from individual homeowners by promoting the growth of business and industry; (4) voting to establish an elected School Board that will be accountable and responsive to Mount Vernon-area citizens, and (5) voting to explore tax-relief measures for senior citizens and others on limited or fixed incomes. Gerald W. Hyland (D)
7911 Bayberry Dr., Alexandria Age: 48 Lawyer with specialty in tax and credit union law; member, Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals; vice chairman, Mount Vernon District Police Advisory Committee; BS in economics, College of the Holy Cross, LLB, Georgetown University Law Center, and master's degree in laws-taxation, George Washington University; has chaired Fairfax County's Human Rights Commission, Fair Campaign Practices Committee and Voluntary Action Center; board member of United Community Ministries and National Consumer Center for Legal Services.
1: My principal qualifications are 23 years' legal experience, 15 years' Mount Vernon community involvement, 21 years' military service (active and reserves) and demonstrated leadership in citizen and professional endeavors. I know Mou represent Mount Vernon residents effectively. Finally, I can establish a rapport and work with people of differing interests. I listen -- that's essential. I demand and believe in honesty, integrity and forthrightness in government -- that's needed, and that's my candidacy.
2: Improving the quality of life. Although Fairfax is a great place to live, we can do better. Traffic is terrible. Parking at Metro is pathetic. Intersections are clogged (Rte. 1 and Fort Hunt, Penn Daw and Huntington). Curbs, gutters, drainage and road improvements are overdue. The Commonwealth of Virginia's road funds are not being shared. Northern Virginia gets the common, the wealth goes downstate. For children, quality education must be better. Teacher-pupil ratios must be lowered. Getting back to basics, core curriculum and more parental involvement in discipline and teaching is essential. The "neighborhood school" as an asset for the community must be preserved. In Mount Vernon, this means keeping three high schools. Automatic real property tax increases must be checked. We must attract economic and business development to broaden the commercial tax base so homeowners don't pay most of the county's bills.
3: Citizen involvement in county decision-making, opening effective lines of communication between residents and supervisor, and bringing diverse Mount Vernon together as a proud, united, forward-moving community -- that's what we will do. How? (1) Establish a county transportation commission to hold hearings; determine transportation requirements; develop an integrated plan for bus, auto, van pool, rail and feeder buses; and make recommendations to the board. (2) Establish a weekly "Evening with Your Supervisor" to share citizen concerns. (3) Establish an annual meeting of Mount Vernon Day with Mount Vernon residents and representatives from civic associations, churches, businesses and the military. This group shall perform a Mount Vernon needs assessment; set up goals and performance standards, and hold the supervisor accountable annually, versus at the voting booth every four years. That's participatory government.