Candidates were asked to provide, in their own words, brief biographies of themselves. In addition candidates for the U.S. Senate were asked:
Tuition credits: Should parents of school-age children be given federal tax credits for tuition paid to private or parochial schools? If no, at what level? College? Secondary? Elementary?
Inflation: What methods of curbing inflation, if any, do you favor? Would you, under any circumstances, favor mandatory wage-price controls?
Health insurance: Do you favor creation of a national health insurance plan? Why or why not?
Military retirement: Do you favor proposals recently issued by a presidential commission that would abolish the current military retirement rules and require long active service to qualify for retirement pay?
Metro: Do you favor federal aid for completing the proposed 100 miles of the Metro subway system? Additional interstate construction of interstate highways in Northern Virginia?
Commuter tax: Would you agree under any circumstances to allow the District of Columbia to impose a commuter tax? If so, what conditions?
Civil service: Do you approve of the recently enacted civil service legislation? If not, what revisions would you support?
D.C. vote: Do you support the constitutional amendment to give full voting representation to the District of Columbia? Explain.
Andrew P. Miller, 45, of 2501 W. Broad St. Richmond, is a Democrat. Miller is from Fairfax County. A graduate of Princeton University (magnacum laude, 1954), he served as an Army artillery officer in Korea (1955-1957). Returning in 1958, Miller entered the University of Virginia Law School. He graduated first in his class and was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. After law school, Miller became a partner in the Abingdon law firm of Penn, Stuart and Miller. In 1969, the voters of Virginia elected Andrew Miller as attorney general: he was reelected in 1973 with 70.5 percent of the vote. In July 1974, Time magazine chose Andrew Miller as one of its "200 Faces for the Future." In 1976, Miller was selected as the "Outstanding American Attorney General" by the National Association of Attorneys General. Following his service as attorney general, Miller joined the Richmond law firm of Mays, Valentine, Davenport and Moore.
Tuition credits: I support federal tax credits to defray the costs of sending students to higher educational and vocational institutions. I also favor loans and grants for low-income families for whom tax credits are inadequate. I couldn't support tax credits for private elementary and secondary schools for constitutional reasons.
Inflation: Since deficit spending causes inflation, I support the President's pledge and the Byrd amendment requiring a balanced federal budget by 1981. In addition, I favor the adoption of sunset legislation to eliminate unnecessary programs and thereby reduce wasteful spending. I oppose mandatory wage-price controls except in time of wars.
Health insurance: I favor a catastrophic health protection plan whereby private insurers would provide coverage in instances of extraordinary medical expense. Americans must be protected from severe financial hardships caused by expenses arising from long-term illness. I believe, however, that a national health insurance program such as the Kennedy-Corman proposal is unaffordable. This bill, which it is estimated would cost taxpayers at least $100 billion in new money, would significantly increase the deficit and thus aggravate inflation.
Military retirement: It would be totally unfair to change the rules for military retirement in the middle of an individual's career; the proposals by the President's Commission requiring longer active service to qualify for retirement should be further considered as to future military personnel, but not as to those presently in service.
Metro: I enthusiastically support the 100-mile Metro system. The cost should be shared by the federal government and our commonwealth. As senior, I would work hard to see that the federal share is appropriated. I oppose the further construction of interstate highways in Northern Virginia apart from the completion of current projects.
Commuter tax: I am absolutely apposed to a commuter tax; such a tax is unfair to both Virginia and Maryland. Virginia could lose $68 million to $78 million in tax revenues. I agree with our Northern Virginia congressmen that this tax would threaten regional cooperation vital to metropolitan area problems.
Civil service: I generally approve of [WORD ILLEGIBLE] legislation. The new senior [WORD ILLEGIBLE] service enables the government [WORD ILLEGIBLE] more effectively executive [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Additionally, to help eliminate government waste and [WORD ILLEGIBLE] whistle-blowers are afforded [WORD ILLEGIBLE] After three years, these changes should be reviewed to ensure that the guarantees against political abuse are adequate.
D.C. vote: I believe people living in the District of Columbia should have representation with a vote in the House of Representatives, the congressional body representing individual citizens; since the District is not a state, I do not think, in light of our constitutional history, it should have two senators.
John W. Warner, 51, of Fauquier County, is a Republican. Warner left high school in 1944 for the Navy. After earning an engineering degree at Washington and Lee University and begining work at the University of Virginia School of Law, Warner again interrupted his education, this time to serve a Marine in Korea. Warner served as a federal court clerk and as a U.S. prosecutor before entering private law practice.
In 1969, Warner was appointed undersecretary and then, in 1972, secretary of the Navy. In 1974, Warner took charge of the Bicentennial Celebration, subsequently closing the agency on schedule with a budget surplus.
Returning to his home near Middleburg, Warner devoted time to farming and politics, working for the elections of President Ford, Sen. Harry F. Byrd and Gov. John Dalton before losing a close convention battle for the U.S. Senate nomination to Richard D. Obenshain. Warner was serving as cochairman of the Friends of Dick Obenshain until Obenshain's death in August.
Tuition tax: I endorse the concept of tuition tax credits and fully support credits for students in post-secondary institutions. Only when we can assure that no federal interference in private schools will result, could we fairly consider the merits of tuition tax credits for parents of elementary and secondary school students.
Inflation: Runaway federal deficits are a major cause of inflation. They must be eliminated. I support a constitutional requirement for a balanced budget. My strategies to reduced government waste and limit government expenditures to a percentage of the GNP will contribute greatly toward this goal. I am opposed to any form of wage price controls.
Health insurance: I am acutely aware of the financial hardships created by soaring health care costs, a trend paralleling increasing federal spending on health. However, federal health programs have been characterized by fraud, waste and inferior service. The federal government spends twice as much to process a claim as do private firms. I favor measures encouraging individuals to purchase adequate private health care. We must strive for efficient allocation of resources through private health care systems rather than increasing federal intervention.
Military retirement: I am opposed to reduction of military retirement benefits, especially for those presently enlisted. Pension benefits are promises which should not be broken. I fear that reductions in military benefits will be met by increasing demands for military unionization, a step which would seriously threaten our national security.
Metro: I favor completion of the 100-mile Metro system with maximal federal funding. I will work to guarantee that Virginia sections are completed in conjunction with construction in other areas. I will seek federal funds for any new interstate highway segments which are necessary in Northern Virginia.
Commuter tax: Under no circumstances would I allow the District of Columbia to impose a commuter tax on Virginia residents. Such a tax would be in opposition to the most basic principles of American democracy.
Civil service: I approve measures to increase flexibility in the civil service. However, conscientious civil servants must not be made scapegoats for problems created by poor legislation or lack of proper congressional oversight. I would attempt to improve effectiveness with legislative and review measures in addition to civil service reforms.
D.C. vote: I do not support full voting representation in Congress for the District of Columbia because of the problems which would be created by Washington's hybrid constitutional status. The lack of representation for the 700,000 residents of the District is a serious problem, but it should be rectified in another manner.