Term: To fill unexpired term through Dec. 31, 1991

Salary: $66,875

QUESTION: What is the most important issue facing your voters and what will you do about it if elected?

Carl R. Peed (Republican)

Clarence A. Robinson Sr. (Independent)

Richard Singleton (Democrat)

Carl R. Peed (R)

2789 Prince Harold Ct., Herndon

Age: 43

Incumbent

Sheriff of Fairfax County; 16 years' experience, 10 as chief deputy (1974-90); graduate of FBI National Academy, National Sheriffs' Institute and National Institute of Corrections; jail Administrator of the Year for 1989 (American Jail Association); certified auditor for American Correctional Association and National Sheriffs' Association; served as consultant for Justice Department and National Sheriffs' Association; developed four national award-winning programs: forensic/mental health program, diagnostic and treatment program, work release program, community service program; detention center accredited by American Correctional Association, American Medical Association and Department of Corrections; married; three children.

A. The only issue facing the voters is: Who is the most qualified person to handle the problems that the sheriff must address, such as jail overcrowding, substance abuse and mental health problems, while simultaneously facing increased workload and budget cuts at the state and local levels? My 16 years' experience with the local and state government, the criminal justice system and the oversight agencies in Richmond, along with my knowledge of state codes, would enable me to successfully pursue additional state funding. Emphasis would be placed on intermediate sanctions with coordinated sentencing approaches that would protect our community, deter criminals and punish the offenders -- not the taxpayers. I would put prisoners to work by implementing cost-effective programs such as a boot camp, prison industries and an agricultural program where offenders would work to pay taxes, room and board, restitution to their victims, support to their families and their own treatment costs.

Clarence A. Robinson Sr. (I)

1345 Gordon Lane, McLean

Age: 63

Pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church, 1969-present; former member, Nauck Citizens Association; former member, McLean Citizens Association; Mason, Prince Hall Affiliation, 33 degree; member, Good News Jail and Prison Ministries President's Council; current deputy sheriff, Arlington County; listed in Personalities of the South and Men of Achievement; certificate of appreciation, Fairfax County Public Schools; doctor of divinity degree; member, executive board of the Northern Virginia Baptist Association; Northern Virginia Baptist Ministers Conference; board member, Mount Vernon Baptist Association; married, six children; graduate, Fairfax County public schools; lifelong resident, Northern Virginia.

A. The major issues facing the Fairfax County sheriff's office are the same problems facing law enforcement offices nationally: escalating drug problems, shrinking budgets and increased crime. The key to dealing with any issue is through competent management. One must effectively distribute the manpower of the sheriff's department, streamline departments so that there is no overlapping of duties. There are several viable alternatives to incarceration. There are halfway houses; intensive third-party custody, which includes home-based monitoring; and boot camps. My view is that as long as the program is rehabilitative, then it has redeeming value.

Richard Singleton (D)

6055 Ridge Ford Dr., Burke

Age: 55

Retired Army colonel; more than 30 years' experience in law enforcement, corrections and human resource management; former warden, Maryland House of Corrections, with 1,400 inmates and a $30 million budget; former commander, Fort Riley Correctional Activity (boot camp prison), 1,000 inmates, $10 million budget; extensive experience in organizing and administering programs worldwide; provost marshal in Korea and Vietnam; master's degree in public administration; graduate, National War College; married; three children educated in Fairfax County.

A. The major issue is the high rate of repeat offenders in the jail and the outrageous costs involved. We can have cheaper, effective alternatives to warehousing. I particularly support the boot camp concept, where young non-violent offenders are put through a military-style program that teaches respect for society and the work ethic along with building character and self-esteem. Meaningful jobs, vocational training and educational opportunities for inmates must be provided. A major cause of recidivism is the high level of substance abuse (75 percent), which must be addressed effectively. We must expand present programs and create new ones to deal with this societal scourge. Society must be protected from additional crimes from repeat offenders. I have designed and implemented programs that have reduced recidivism worldwide. I have the management and budget experience to make the tough choices and to provide cost-effective leadership necessary to get the job done.