A technical error in last week's Virginia Weekly resulted in transposed type in a story on two House of Delegates races in Northern Virginia.
The races are in the 34th District and the 40th District.
In the 34th, Democrat Joseph W. McDonald is challenging incumbent Republican Vincent F. Callahan. The district covers Falls Church, McLean and parts of north-central Fairfax County.
The 40th District race pits Democrat C. J. (Brad) Bradshaw against Republican incumbent Robert E. Harris. The 40th District covers southwestern Fairfax, two Prince William precincts, Evergreen and Greenville Farms. 34th District
Education and the state correctional system are high on Republican Callahan's list of priorities. "We need more money and higher faculty salaries for George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College," Callahan said.
"Salaries are very important, particularly at the community colleges where the average salary is not as high as the public schools. It's very difficult to get a math teacher in places like that because we can't pay them competitively."
Callahan, 50, who lives in McLean and owns a publications firm, said the state prison system is overcrowded and expected to get worse by the end of the decade. "We have no place to put prisoners and they're backed up in local jails . . . . We're going to need a drastic revision of who's put in jails and for which reasons . . . . We need more buildings . . . [but] the priority for construction of these places is not very high with the public."
His opponent, 29-year-old Democrat McDonald, is disturbed that Northern Virginians are not getting their fair share of state funds and services. McDonald, a political researcher who lives in Falls Church, said he also is concerned about cuts in social service programs and would like to transform the State Corporation Commission, which governs utilities, from three appointed members to five elected members.
McDonald said he would like to repeal the sales tax on food and medicine and shift the burden to luxury items, such as liquor. Federal budget cuts, he added, "threaten the people who are least able to defend themselves: the elderly on fixed incomes and the working poor."
More money should be spent on preventive care for the elderly to head off later, more expensive hospital costs paid through Medicare, he said. And while there is "lots of waste" in the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program, he added, cuts there must be made prudently "so the innocent don't suffer." 40th District
Republican Harris, 48, who handles energy and environmental programs for Rockwell International, said he hopes to introduce at least two bills aimed at achieving "tax fairness" for Northern Virginians. One calls for a new formula for distributing state highway funds to localities. He said that money is crucial to aiding commuters in his rapidly growing district.
Harris, of Annandale, also hopes to reintroduce indexing state income tax. Northern Virginians, who form 25 percent of the state's population, pay a far greater proportion of the state's income taxes -- almost 38 percent. Harris contends that disparity is caused by "bracket creep," which in turn is caused by inflation.
His opponent, Bradshaw, a 48-year-old retired Air Force officer, also is interested in "tax fairness" and said he wants to increase the state's contribution to maintaining, upgrading and expanding his district's road system.
Bradshaw said higher education issues also must be addressed, including increased funding for state and community colleges. Bradshaw said he believes the state also needs to contribute more funds to help speed integration at colleges that could lose federal funds because of racial imbalances.
Bradshaw also said he would like to have tougher bail criteria for repeat offenders, who though small in number commit the bulk of crimes, and wants to introduce legislation to allow citizens to petition for binding initiatives on the ballot.