What do you see as the most important issue facing your district? Republicans: Vote for no more than one. Robert W. Beers Jane H. Woods
Robert W. Beers 9701 Kings Crown Ct., Fairfax Age: 39
Lawyer, George F. Trowbridge and Associates; legislative assistant, Fairfax County Supervisor Tom Davis, 1980-87; B.A. Accounting, College of William and Mary; J.D., George Mason University School of Law; Army Veteran of Vietnam, 1968-71; treasurer, Fairfax County Commission on U.S. Constitution Bicentennial; legislative aide, Virginia House of Delegates; treasurer, Hawthorne Village Condominium Association; Steering Committee, Blake Lan-Germantowne Road Neighborhood Association; Citizens for I-66; Fairfax County Republican Committee since 1973; state and 10th District Republican Committees, 1980-84.
The most important issue facing primary voters in the 37th District is choosing a delegate who will be the most effective spokesman for us in Richmond. Because our district is the only one in Northern Virginia where the incumbant is retiring, the freshman delegate we elect must be one who is experienced and fully prepared to serve in office. Immediate attention to the vital needs of our area -- improved transportation, better management of residential and commercial growth, and restraint in state tax increases -- cannot wait while an inexperienced new legislator acquires on-the-job training. My years of service, professional experience and academic training as a lawyer and accountant, will enable me to be a more effective representative than my opponent. We may have to send a freshman to Richmond, but we don't have to send a rookie!
Jane H. Woods 3857 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax Age: 40
Owner-Manager of George Mason Square, Fairfax; Outstanding Republican Woman, 1987, Virginia Federation of Republican Women; Fairfax City Outstanding Woman, 1986; member, Fairfax-George Mason University Business Board; volunteer teacher, Metropolitan Prison Ministries; chairman, Fairfax City Republican Committee; Outstanding Republican Unit Chairman, 1985; member, 10th Congressional District Republican Committee; board member, Virginia Federation of Republican Women; past chairman, Friends of Fairfax City Inc.; past president, Republican Working Women's Forum; chairman and founding member, Fairfax Festival of Carols and Lights.
The easy answer to this question would be transportation, education and a fair return on our tax dollars. Our transportation gridlock does cry out for relief. Excellence in education today will shape our community's future. We must demand equitable return of goods and services for each tax dollar sent to Richmond. But Northern Virginia is no island. Suburban communities from Tidewater to Roanoke, from Richmond to Fairfax have common needs. The issue is which candidate is the most willing and the best able to work with legislators from downstate communities that share our problems? Only by building bridges with those downstate legislators can Northern Virginia get state funding for the 37th District for transportation, education and other critical projects that directly impact on our quality of life. I am. I can. I will. District 38
Republicans: Vote for no more than one.
A. Strode Brent Jr. Gwendalyn F. "Gwen" Cody A. Strode Brent Jr. 6318 Lakeview Dr., Falls Church Age: 45
Lawyer, Whitestone, Phillips, Brent, Young and Merril, P.C.; assistant commonwealth's attorney, Fairfax County, 1973-77; Fairfax Tenant-Landlord Commission; commissioner in chancery, Circuit Court of Fairfax County; Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Fairfax County; Community Corrections Resources Board, Fairfax County; Bailey's Crossroads Shelter for the Homeless Evaluation Panel; U.S. Army, service in Vietnam; University of Virginia, BA, LLB; past president, Community Association; Married, three children; past president, Recreation Center and Swim Club; Chairman, Fee Arbitration Committee, Fairfax Bar Association.
For a state legislator, the most important issue facing the 38th District is providing local government with the appropriate means to address local concerns. Our citizens are concerned primarily about traffic and uncontrolled growth, but they are concerned also about the unique needs of senior citizens, child day care, crime and rising taxes. As a delegate, I will review the findings and recommendations of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the County Goals Advisory Commission, the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, and any others who are studying transportation and growth problems. In addition, I will insist that we recieve our fair share of state expenditures. According to the governor, the income tax generated by Fairfax County alone exceeded the combined tax receipts of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton and nine other population centers.
Gwendalyn F. "Gwen" Cody 3703 King Arthur Rd., Annandale Age: 65
Member, Northern Virginia Board of Realtors; elected to House of Delegates 1982, 1984-85; assigned to General Laws, Chesapeake and Its Tributaries, Militia and Police committees in 1982; Counties, Cities and Towns, Labor and Commerce, Militia and Police committees in 1984-85; subcommittee chairman, first woman ever appointed to Commission on Veterans' Affairs; BA, University of Puget Sound; consumer representative, Health Systems Agency; Board of Governors, Goodwill Industries of America; Republican activist in Fairfax County for 16 years; member, Fairfax County Schools Marketing Education Advisory Board.
The 38th House District needs experienced representation in Richmond to ensure a more equitable tax return from the state to meet critical Northern Virginia needs. I offer the voters a demonstrated record of electability and experience. Voters have approved my candidacy four times in both primary and general elections. My legislative agenda stresses a balanced Northern Virginia transportation system, including increased state funding for congested roads, funding for Metro, and initiatives such as commuter rail; continued support for quality education in our district, including increased state funding for institutions like NVCC and GMU; increased funding for human services for senior citizens and the handicapped; and increased public safety through tough criminal laws, increased prison capacity, and more state police.