Charles E. Coe, 39, of 8062 Fairfax Rd., Alexandria, is an Independent. I was born in Owsego, N.Y. My parents settled in Virginia that same year. We lived in Roanoke two years and then moved to Alexandria in 1941. I went to school in Alexandria and later in Fairfax County. I graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1957. My background in government is very limited. I have a bachelor's degree from George Mason University, specializing in business subjects. I have spent the past five years helping other candidates run for office and have gained most of my experience from their associations.
I have spent 13 years selling insurance. Since last year, I have worked part time in the exterminating business and teaching in order to have time to run for political office.
Tuition credits: College level only.
Military retirement: What is long active service? If 30 years, I agree.
Metro: Yes, both questions.
Commuter tax: No.
Civil service: Revisions are all right, provided they keep the Hatch Act provisions.
Herbert E. Harris II, 52, of 9106 Old Mount Vernon Rd., Mount Vernon, is a Democrat. Elected to Congress in 1974, serves on three committess: Judiciary, Post Office and Civil Service and District of Columbia, including chairman of Regional Affairs Subcommittee. major congressional efforts were killing D.C commuter tax bill, drafting legislation to complete 100-mile Metro system, breaking impase on permit to tap Potomac River, getting Maryland, Virginia and the District to sign a natural gas [WORD ILLEGIBLE] agreement, requiring jets departing National Airport to fly down center of Potomac, lifting residency quotas on federal jobs for Northern Virginians, funding to complete Four Mile Run flood control project, bill leading to new Quantico national veterans' cemetery and legislation setting procedures to resolve government contract disputes. Before election to Congress, served seven years on Fairfax Board of Supervisors, vice chairman of Metro Board and Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. A resident of Mount Vernon and graduate of Georgetwon University Law School, he was an international trade attorney before entering Congress.
Tuition credits: I sponsored and worked for tuition tax credit legislation for post-secondary education.
Military retirement: I oppose any proposals that would affect the retirement benefits of those now serving in the armed forces. We must live up to our contract with members of the armed forces and not disregard the equity that has been built up through their long years of service to our country.
Metro: As chairman of the House subcommittee responsible for Metro legislation, I have drafted a bill to provide $1.7 billion in federal funds to complete the entire 100-mile system by 1985. the bill would also provide $197 million in operating funds to help hold down fares and local property taxes.
Commuter tax: I led the successful fight in the House District Committee to kill the D.C. commuter tax bill, saving an average worker $300 per year in higher taxes. Under no circumstances would I support taxing the wages and pocketbooks of Virginia commuters to for mismanagement in the D.C. government.
Civil service: I opposed the bill because it could lead to greater political influence and too many political appointments in the federal employe ranks.Passage of the bill means the Civil Service Committee, on which I serve, must closely monitor federal agencies to make sure an impartial civil service system is maintained.
John F. (Jack) Herrity, 46, of 6703 Portree CL. Springfield, is a Republican. Herrity is a life-long resident of Northern Virginia. His educational background includes degrees from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the Georgetown University School of Law. A small-businessman, Herrity is in the pension planning area and is an insurance broker. In 1971 he was the only Republican elected to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. In 1975 he was elected chairman of the board in a countywide race - the only Republican ever elected to that office. Herrity's accomplishments as chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors include streamlining government, widening the tax base through economic development and engineering the compromise which allowed 1-66 to be built after 20 years of debate. Herrity is a former director to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Commuter Rail Committee and a veteran of the United States Coast Guard.
Tuition credits: I favor such credits for parents of college students. In view of the current federal deficits. I cannot support at this time such credits at the elementary and secondary level.
Military retirement: The military retirement system must be attractive enough to recruit an armed forces second to none. Promises made to current and retired military personnel cannot be broken. Within that context I can support those recommendations which would end certain abuses of the present retirement system for future military personnel.
Metro: If elected I will fight for full funding for the completion of a regional mass transportation system. I favor completion of the 100-mile Metro system as part of the regional system on an 80-20 funding basis. To alleviate congestion on 1-95 I have proposed that the reversible lanes that end in Springfield be extended to Dale City.
Commuter tax: I favored a reorganization of the Civil Service Commission that fully protects the federal worker. Various features of President Carter's program do not do this. The removal of 9,000 workers from the provision of the civil service system is plainly contrary to the best interests of the public and the civil service system. We must protect the civil service worker from political harrassment.