Richard L. Saslaw, a Democratic candidate seeking reelection to the House of Delegates in the 19th District, takes exception to last week's election report which stated that "he will work for legislation to control gasoline prices." Mr. Saslaw says he favors legislation that will forbid oil companies from owning and operating retail gasoline stations in the state. This, Mr. Saslaw says, would insure competition and as a result keep gasoline priced down.
Five Republicans, five Democrats and one independent are seeking election to the five House of Delegate seats in the 19th District in southern Fairfax County.
The candidates, including three incumbents, are criss-crossing southern Fairfax County trying to get their names known. They have held every type of campaign event from traditional fundraiser parties to bike-a-thons.
The Republican candidates are incumbents Warren E. Barry, who is finishing his fourth term, and Robert E. Harris, who is seeking renomination to his third consecutive term, and John W. Adams, Lawrence D. Pratt and Robert L. Thoburn. The latter three candidates ran as a conservative ticket during the June 14 primary, but have since decided to conduct separate campaigns for the Nov. 8 election.
The Democratic candidates are three-term Del. Thomas J. Rothrock and Del. Richard J. Saslaw, who is seeking his second term and Gladys B. Keating, Michael Patrick Leahy and Vernon L. (Lee) Strang Jr.
The lone independent in the race is William P. Whalen Jr. a Springfield businessman.
There are more than 114,000 registered voters in the 19th District.
The Republican candidates are:
John W. Adams, 47, of 7524 Murillo St., who is making his first bid for public office. He was the last of six candidates to enter the Republican primary and narrowly defeated three-term incumbent James H. Dillard.
Adams, a partner with his brother in a wallpaper and paint company, describes himself as "a pratical man and a honest individual."
The main issue in his campaign is abortion, which he oppose. He also opposes collective bargaining for public employees and the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
The Springfield resident favors a human (right to life) amendment to the U.S. constitution and parimutuel betting at privately owned, state licensed racetracks.
Warren E. Barry, 43, of 8308 Withe La., Springfield, is seeking his fifth term as a delegate.
Barry, the House minority whip, is the only Northern Virginia delegate on the House Finance Committee - something he stresses in his talks to potential voters. He also serves on three other committees General Laws Counties. Cities and Towns and Militia and Police.
A Springfield resident, Barry said he has had 44 bills enacted since becoming a member of the General Assembly in 1970.
Barry favors collective bargaining for public employees if there is no affiliation with a national labor union and providing strikes are prohibited. He also favors ratification of the equal rights amendment.
Barry operates a commercial and industrial property management firm.
Robert E. Harris, 41, of 4440 Glencose St., Fairfax, is seeking renomination his third consecutive term as a delegate.
An unsuccessful candidate for Congress in 1972. Harris has been criticized by Democrats and some Republicans for his low attendance record in the General Assembly. However, Harris disputes the charge.
Harris opposes collective bargaining for public employees and public funding for abortions. He favors creation of a special Northern Virginia highway district because of the transportation needs of the area.
Harris, who is director of Atonics International Programs at Rockwell International, serves on three House committees - Roads and Internal Navigation. Corporations, Insurance and Banking and Claims.
Lawrence D. Pratt, 34, of 6812 Landor La., Springfield is making his first bid for public office.
Pratt emphasizes his six years of work on Capitol Hill as "a strong feature" that should attract voters.
In working on Capitol Hill, Pratt serves as the Washington representative for the Gun Owners of America, a political action committee with its headquarters in Sacramento, Calif. He also serves as executive director of the American Conservative Union.
Pratt opposes collective bargaining abortion and the ERA. He opposes a federal mandate forcing all automobiles to be equipped with air bags. He says the air bags could provide a tool for terrorists since the air bag ingredients could be used to form dangerous explosives.
Robert W. Thoburn, 43, of 11121 Pope's Head Rd., Fairfax, made an unsuccessful bid for Congress last year.
Thorburn, a minister and businessman, is a founder and principal of the private Fairfax Christian School. He says he is running for office because he wants to wage a war against taxes. He opposes higher taxes and says programs must be cut to save tax money. He says criminal laws should he strengthened. "We should make it such in that crime doesn't pay," he said.
He opposes collective bargaining because if it is allowed, "union bosses will take over our government." He also opposes the ERA and abortion.
The Democratic candidate are:
Gladys Keating, 53, of 5911 Brooksview Dr., who has twice run unsuccessfully for a delegate seat and says she is a candidate because "I have a deep concern for my neighbors."
Keating, the lone female in the race, is a consumer advocate who emphasizes her fight against high utility rates.
She favors election of members to the State Corporation Commission currently an appointed body: "because the people who set the utility rates should be accountable directly to the citizens."
Keating favors collective bargaining for publc employees and ratification of the equal rights amendment. She opposes public funding of abortions.
Michael Patrick, 22, is a government and politics major at George Mason University. Although he has been active in county politics for six years. Leahy is making his first bid for public office.
Leahy describes himself as "a people's candidate." He tells audiences that his only income is the G.I. Bill and he knows what it feels like to have your electricity cut off because it happened to him last winter when he couldn't afford to pay his electric bill.
He supports more aid to the elderly and to people living on fixed income. He also favors the ERA, the lessening of the penalties for marijuana users and the strengthening of rape laws in the state. He is opposed to public funding for abortion.
An Irish Catholic, Leahy often hitch-likes to public gatherings because he doesn't own a car. If elected, he says, he will buy a car.
Thomas Jefferson Rothrock, 44, of 10802 Windermere La., Fairfax, is an attorney who is running for his fourth consecutive term in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Rothrock, who runs a fairly loose campaign that lacks a campaign manager, describes himself as "progressive, yet hard-headed on fiscal matters."
A member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Rothrock said he is concerned about holding down the cost of living by holding down the cost of government. He favors stiffer penalties for criminal offenders and collective bargaining for public employees. He opposes public funding for abortion.
Rothrock, who is a conversationist, is a member of the House General Laws Committee and the House Committee on Conversation and Natural Resources.
Richard L. Saslaw, 37, of 8508, Raleigh Ave., Annandale, is a real estate salesman who is seeking his second term as a delegate.
Saslaw campaigns on his incumbent record. In his first term in office, he successfully sponsored legislation that made it easier for courts to try as adults juveniles who commit such crimes as murder, rape or armed robbery, a bill that made it easier for teenagers to get part-time work permits, and a bill limiting the types of questions that may be asked by a polygrapher of a prospective employee.
If elected, he says he will work for legislation to control gasoline prices, tax relief for the elderly and a bill to confine smoking in schools and hospitals to designated areas.
Saslaw favors collective bargaining for public employees with a no strike provision. He opposes public funding for abortion.
Vernon L. (Lee) Strang Jr. 23, of 5536 Hollins La. Burke, is a government student at George Mason University.
Strang likes to tell audiences that he has "a young opinion" which is needed in the Virginia House of Delegates. He has been active in community activities for the past seven years.
Strang, who is mild mannered and has been coached on campaigning door-to-door, said the main problems in Northern Virginia are transportation and taxes. He favors a highway district office for Northern Virginia in Fairfax County. He also favors tax relief for the elderly.
He favors collective bargaining for county public employees and public funding for abortions.
The lone independent in the race is William P. Whalen Jr., 33, of 7005 Ridgeway Dr., Springfield, a private businessman who is making his first bid for public office.
A fiscal conservative, Whalen said he thinks there should be "cutbacks across the board" in state, local and federal governments. He favors collective bargaining for public employees, but opposes public funding for abortion. Whalen has been campaigning since early January.
"I've been handing out things at traffic lights, been going up and down the roads in neighborhoods and waving at people," he said.