MT. VERNON DISTRICT T. Farrell Peter J. Espada (Ind.) 5070 S. Seventh Rd., Arlington Age: 33 Economist, U.S. General Accounting Office; holds bachelor's and master's degrees in economics; has 10 years' experience in economic and financial analysis; member of the Arlington County Tenant-Landlord Commission, including past chairman of Mediation Committee; active in Arlington Ad Hoc Housing Advisory Committee, Community Development Citizens' Advisory Committee, Jaycees, Arlington Civic Federation, Arlington Players and Citizens for the Classics.
1: I should be elected to the County Board because four major objectives are in need of accomplishment: (1) Keep tax rates low. The present County Board's liberal majority has, through its actions, forced Arlington's homeowners to pay higher tax bills. I favor tax rate reductions to offset higher assessments. My opponent, as vice chairman of this majority, voted for the present tax rate that has, in effect, raised tax rates. (2) Oppose public housing. The present County Board's liberal majority persists in its attempts to bring public housing through the "back door." My opponent has voted for every measure to accomplish this, in direct opposition to the voters' wishes. (3) Control Metro costs. My opponent presides, as chairman of the Metro board, over a severely mismanaged and overpriced Metro, and has not even spoken out on the issue. Metro needs new leadership if Metro is to be the cost-effective and efficient means of transportation the citizens want it to be.
2: Promoting quality economic development is the most important issue facing the county, because the kind of economic development we attract is the most important factor in determining the county's quality of life. I favor economic development consistent with the quality of life of our existing neighborhoods. We must strive to attract quality development and make sure that we are competitive with our neighboring jurisdictions for this kind of development. I also insist that citizens be involved in the redevelopment decisions affecting their neighborhoods.
3: My top priority in office would be to give the citizens of Arlington a new sense that they are participating in the important decisions regarding the future of Arlington. I am accustomed to spending the time and effort necessary to see that the citizens' desires are heeded. I've done it before, and I can do it again. This County Board, and my opponent in particular, have broken faith a number of times with the citizens of Arlington. It's time for a renewal of that faith with new leadership. John G. Milliken (D)
Incumbent 1818 S. Arlington Ridge Rd., Arlington Age: 39
Lawyer with Winston and Strawn; member of County Board since 1981, board vice-chairman, 1983-84; chairman, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; former member, Interstate Commission on Air Quality, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and Arlington County Transportation Commission; has served on Council of Governments and Metro Study Task Force, Washington Center for Metropolitan Studies; BA, Haverford College, JD, University of Virginia.
1: I have enjoyed the privilege of serving as a member of the County Board for four years and would like to continue work on issues of importance to Arlington. I would like to use my experience to deal with Arlington's transportation problems. I support finishing the full 101-mile Metrorail system; bringing down the operating cost of Metrorail and Metrobus; making Metro easier to ride by improving the farecard system, and increasing the number and usefulness of signs and other information aids. Increased use of mass transit takes automobile traffic off Arlington's streets and frees up limited parking for residents and local shoppers. I support transportation planning that discourages commuter use of neighborhood streets; examples include recent actions on Ridge Road and 23rd Street in South Arlington, and the community plan adopted in Lyon Village. I believe my experience, in Arlington and the region, would serve our community well.
2: The development decisions the county will make in the next four years will affect significantly the day-to-day lives of all who live here. On the positive side, development brings needed renewal in older areas such as Clarendon, and convenient shopping, as in the new Shirlington or Ballston Common. By providing additional tax revenues it helps keep Arlington's taxes low. But if not done properly it can threaten settled residential areas by bringing traffic, noise and congestion. By driving up land prices it can push out important neighborhood businesses such as grocery and drug stores. Development should be concentrated around the Metro station areas where it has been planned. Care must be taken to buffer the adjacent neighborhoods by insisting on lower heights and less density near the residential areas. Land must be set aside for open space. All that can be done must be done to retain needed neighborhood shopping.
3: In local government most issues are interrelated, so it is difficult to single out one priority. However, a guiding principle would be: to provide reliable local services, such as police, fire, libraries and recreation; to maintain and improve an excellent school system, and to address the needs of a changing population while keeping taxes low. Arlington has the lowest tax burden of any major jurisdiction in the metropolitan area. I want to keep it that way. That mea