John P. Flannery II (D)
3847 N. Tazewell St., Arlington Age: 38
Lawyer; former federal law clerk, federal prosecutor and special counsel to Senate Judiciary and Labor committees; received Justice Department award for contribution to drug law enforcement and U.S. attorney general's commendation; listed in "Who's Who in American Law"; member of Arlington Transportation Commission; chairman of Business Council, Governor's War on Drugs Task Force; holds BS in physics from Fordham University, BS in engineering and JD from Columbia University.
1: I've served in all three branches of federal government with distinction and have been subjected to intense public scrutiny. Most recently, as special counsel to the Senate Labor Committee, I uncovered that the Reagan administration consciously withheld pertinent and significant information during the confirmation hearings of Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan, who has since been indicted. I know how government should work. It doesn't now. Just consider the waste, our state of combat readiness, the deadening deficit and even how Congress floundered while wrapping up its business. As a law clerk, federal prosecutor and special counsel, I made a difference -- perhaps because I wouldn't listen to those who said I couldn't. I can give this district the representation it deserves, national leadership we can be proud of -- for a change. The job of congressman is broader than the important issue of transportation -- and even on that we can do better.
2: There are really two equally important issues: our defense and the economy, both concerned with our survival. As for defense, in this district the Pentagon stands as a reminder that we are at "ground zero." It is of critical importance that we spend sensibly (a 5 percent real increase) to strengthen our conventional defenses -- spare parts, maintenance, personnel and munitions -- in order to be combat ready. Our conventional strength is our best and last defense before we have to consider using nuclear arms. It is a shame and a disgrace that, according to a House report, we are not combat ready and matters have gotten worse since 1982. We must stop diverting billions away from readiness to unnecessary first-strike nuclear weapons, the MX missile ($25 billion), that my opponent supports. We must eliminate the waste we have ($5 billion). We must also try to negotiate a mutual and verifiable nuclear freeze, which my opponent opposes.
3: Upon my election, I shall ask to be appointed to the Armed Services Committee so that I may fight for the tools our services need to do their job so that we may be secure through strength at peace, so that we may eliminate weapons systems that don't make sense and pare waste, and I shall fight to see that we negotiate a mutual and verifiable nuclear freeze. This agreement must be both mutual and verifiable, and if it's not, then we won't agree to it. It is better that we hurl insults across a table than bombs across borders. We must at least try. I shall also seek to get a better deal for our hi-tech community; the government doesn't now pay its bills on time. Nor does the government encourage enough research and development. My background in physics and engineering, I believe, will help me make the case for our district, a community competitive with Silicon Valley and the bit-and-byte beltway outside Boston. Frank R. Wolf (R)
Vienna, Virginia Age: 45
An attorney serving second term in Congress, has served on Public Works and Transportation, Post Office and Civil Service committees and Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families; proponent of legislation on merit pay system and federal employe benefits, and Northern Virginia airports, roads and transportation; helped secure partnership to rebuild Filene Center at Wolf Trap; active in community efforts to assist the elderly and the handicapped; helped provide federal disaster aid to Loudoun County farmers.
1: I am campaigning on my record of service to the people of the 10th District. I have worked hard over the past four years and, I believe, effectively. I have listened to people and kept my promises to vote to bring down inflation and interest rates, reduce taxes and control government growth, and strengthen conventional and strategic forces. I also have kept my promise to enact a more balanced policy for Washington National and Dulles airports. I have led efforts for fair policies for federal workers and retirees, including merit pay reform. I have supported educational and economic equity reforms to combat discrimination against women, and have sponsored workshops and legislation to address child care concerns for working parents. I am committed to working with members of Congress and concerned citizens in a bipartisan manner to find responsible solutions to major problems confronting the 10th District and the nation.
2: For many years, transportation has been the primary concern of area residents. During my two terms in Congress, we have made great progress on many transportation issues and I'm proud to have helped lead these efforts. As a member of the House Public Works and Transportation Committee, I have worked successfully to increase passengers and flights and improve access at Washington Dulles Airport and to cap growth and nighttime noise at National Airport. Through my efforts commuter use on I-66 has increased, design of a new midfield terminal at Dulles Airport has begun, and the federal government will report to Congress next year on the feasibility of constructing a light-rail system to Dulles. We have made progress but more needs to be done to improve and balance the transportation systems in Northern Virginia, including correcting traffic problems in the Tysons Corner corridor and along the George Washington Parkway, and completing the Metrorail system.
3: I have always believed that the key to problem solving is to listen and to bring people together. I have worked very hard to be a congressman who does listen and bring people together to get things done. We have been successful by working with other members of Congress, with local community leaders, with federal agencies and individual citizens. We have listened closely to the people and gotten the people involved. But the job is far from completed. More remains to be done. There are deficits to be reduced. Interest rates to be lowered. A world at peace and free from nuclear threat to be created. Transportation systems to be further improved. My priority is to continue to work and bring people together to find these solutions and make solid progress as we have done in the past in ways that are responsible, fair and bipartisan.