Two incumbents, both Democrats, and four other candidates, two of whom have previously run for office, are vying for three House of Delegates seats in Arlington County's 22nd legislative district.
The incumbents are Mary Marshall, who is running for her sixth term, and Warren Stambaugh, who is trying for a third term. Other candidates are Republicans Herald G. (Skip) Beale, Halvor O.(Hal) Ekern and George M. Joseph, and James F. Almand, a Democrat.
At a well-attended candidates' night sponsored by the Lyon Village Citizens' Association last week the six candidates discussed their qualifications and positions on a variety of issues, including the ERA, 1-66, property tax assessments, and energy-related issues.
Mary Marshall, 55, of 2256 North Wakefield St., told the group she believes that the lgislature should be granted more power over the management of power companies. "The Vepco management has been singularly naive about nuclear energy. (They've been) fools for any 'gee whiz' nuclear expert who came down the road," she said.
In response to questions in the past Marshall has said she favors a regional rather than an individual state approach to energy problems such as last winter's severe cold, which prompted Gov. Mills Godwin to impose fuel-rationing measures.
A staunch supporter of the ERA, Marshall also favors elected school boards. In the last three legislative sessions, she said, she has introduced a bill that would provide for a five cent cigarette tax, producing an estimated $25 to 30 million per year in revenue and reducing smuggling of cigarettes from Virginia and North Carolina to northern states where icigarette taxes are considerably higher.
Marshall, a graduate of Swarthmore College, lists her occupation as housewife.
Warren Stambaugh, 32, co-sponsored the ERA in the last legislative session. He told the Lyon Village audience that he hopes I-66 - now under constructin in Fairfax County - will "stay unfinished" Stambaugh supports an elected school board and says that the state should fund an office to represent consumers in rate cases before the State Corporation Commission (SCC). Stambaugh told the group that the high cost of building nuclear power plants is "one of the main reasons for high utility costs in Virgina."
Stambaugh, who lives at 807 N. Irving St., has said in the past that he favors the elimination of the sales tax on food and non-prescription drugs and believes that fuel rationing orders should be subject to legislative approval. A graduate of Georgetown University, Stambaugh is a field underwriter for New York Life Insurance Co.
Democrat James F. Almand, 28, a life-long Arlington resident who lives at 1760 N. Rhodes St., is an assistant commonwealth's attorney making has first bid for the General Assembly. A William and Mary graduate, Almand was president of the Virginia Young Democrats in 1973. He is the only lawyer in the six-way race.
Passage of the ERA, Almand said is "long overdue." He also favors stiffening parole eligibility for repeat offenders.
In response to questions, Almand said he favors returning to consumers "windfall profits obtained by utility companies during energy crises." He called the sales tax "regressive" and sees a state lottery as a possible way to raise revenue.
Almand has said that, if elected, he would work to grant state tax incentives to persons installing solar heating systems and to institute regulation of family day-care businesses.
Republican George M. Joseph, 56, of 6031 N. 5th Rd. is a first-time office seeker who told the Lyon Village audience he is "John Dalton's advocate in Northern Virginia," Joseph, an insurance executive who attended the Sorbonne, said the ERA should be subject to a statewide referendum.
Joseph said he favors an elected school board and more citizen control over the schools. He said that he believes that the SCC has in general acted reasonably and fairly, and supports Gov.Godwin's actions during last winter's fuel crisis.
Joseph also told the group he favors evening hours one night per week for state offices serving Arlington residents.
Herald "Skip" Beale, who ran unsuccessfully in 1975, advocates ratification of the ERA, and expansion of the SCC from three to 10 members elected at large rather than appointed. The "present commission has the interests of the utilities rather than consumers" in mind, he said.
Beale, 30, lives at 1123 S. Thomas St., andis employed as a retail clerk and real estate agent. He is member of the Arlington Coalition on Transportation and the Arlington Historical Society and says he will work for repeal of the sales tax and food and non-prescription drugs and for a moratorium on real estate assessment rises in Arlington.
Beale attended George Mason University. He said he supports the ERA and a state investigation of the safety of nuclear power plants, which he calls "no panacea" to the problem of energy supply.
Halvor O. "Hai" Ekern, 60, of 5066 N. 37th St., is a self-described "middle of the road" candidate making his first bid for political office. Arlington's elderly residents are being "ground down by oppressive taxation" in Ekern's view.
Ekern, a retired foreign service officer and University of Montana graduate, said in an interview that he favors "legislation that would allow tax incentives for bringing new business to restore blighted areas" of the county such as Shirlington and Clarendon.
Although he is "100 percent for equal rights for women," Ekern said he is "not convinced that the constitution has to be changed" (by means of an equal rights amendment).
Ekern is a strong proponent of nuclear power plants.
"The engineers and managers are very qualified people. I think it's one of the safest industries we have. There haven't been any accidents yet. I'm not inclined to get emotional about it," he told the group.