Term: 2 Years
QUESTION: What is the most important issue facing your voters and what will you do about it if elected?
N. MacKenzie Canter III (D)
6407 Crosswoods Dr., Falls Church
Lawyer, Lehrfeld, Canter & Henzke, emphasis on tax law and civil trial practice; member, Fairfax County Democratic Committee, Democratic Business Forum, Fairfax County Board of Building Code Appeals; active in civil rights and in coalition supporting national health insurance; college trustee; MA, political science, George Washington University, 1982; JD, University of Virginia Law School, 1976; MA, divinity, Yale University, 1973; AB, Randolph-Macon College; married; two daughters.
A. Voters are fed up with chronic ineptitude among incumbents: 10 years of deficits that have transformed the United States from the leading creditor to the largest debtor nation; a $39 billion tax cut for the richest 1 percent, an $8 billion increase for 90 percent of us, and calls for more cuts benefiting only the top 2 percent to 3 percent while worsening the deficit; S&L thievery costing $500 billion; a health care system verging on collapse, and continuing assaults on a woman's right to choose. Tax fairness and sensible spending cuts can eliminate the deficit and allow us to meet essential needs. . . . . I would: support extending the 33 percent tax rate to those making over $200,000, and oppose a capital gains cut (the wealthy should pay their fair share); vote for prudent military reductions; call for civil and criminal prosecutions of S&L crooks; support national health insurance; and protect a woman's right to choose.
Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. (I)
P.O. Box 961, Leesburg
Economist; author of non-fiction books published in English, German, Italian, French and Spanish, including: "Operation Juarez," 1982; "There Are No Limits to Growth," 1983; "So, You Wish to Learn All About Economics," 1984; "The Power of Reason: An Autobiographical Essay," 1988; designer of LaRouche-Riemann method of non-linear economic forecasting; Democratic presidential candidate, 1980, 1984, 1988; founding chairman, National Caucus of Labor Committees, 1969-present; member, board of directors, Schiller Institute, 1983-present; contributing editor, Executive Intelligence Review, since 1975.
A. The most crucial issue confronting us is economic policy. The proper choice in economics will govern the failure or success of foreign and domestic policy. Already, two economic ideologies have collapsed: Soviet Marxism and Adam Smith. As we enter the deepest depression of the 20th century, the means for mobilizing an economic recovery exist: the American system of political economy as typified by George Washington. U.S. infrastructure, agriculture and high-tech manufacturing have collapsed so much, that to mobilize a rapid recovery, we will need to draw upon the technological potential in Western Europe and Japan. Their economic growth is in our vital interest. We must scrap the policy innovations in economic and financial policy that have appeared since the death of President Kennedy and go back to the emphasis on capital- and energy-intensive investment in scientific and technological progress in infrastructure (including health and education), agriculture and manufacturing.
Barbara S. Minnich (I)
14 Lipscomb Ct., Sterling
Economic/political analyst; former intelligence officer, CIA, 11 years; 10-year award, CIA, 1988; attended University of Pennsylvania on scholarship; honorary societies, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma Alpha, Pi Gamma Mu; BA, 1962; ABD, 1984, international relations; major university honors, magna cum laude, senatorial scholarship; Georgetown University fellowship in national security; MA, West Chester State University, public policy, 1980; married; two children; homemaker, 1969-78; Girl Scout organizer; school volunteer; Lutheran Church; resident of Arlington, 1962-72; Annandale, 1972-76; Sterling since 1984; born in Phoenixville, Pa.; two daughters attended Loudoun County public schools, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.
A. We elect too many career politicians and lawyers and lack the diverse representation in Congress to produce balanced, effective legislation. Congress needs policy expertise in economics and international affairs, coupled with common sense concern for individual rights, economic equity and social-education requirements. Regressive taxes, wasteful spending and poor policies have created high demand for welfare, a huge budget deficit and the largest foreign trade deficit of any developed nation. We face serious economic recession and international threat because elected officials are too concerned with reelection to get out ahead on the big, problem issues. We desperately need responsible, intelligent and informed leadership from representatives well-qualified in policy areas, who will concentrate on the issues and refuse to cater to special interest voters. Only the voters can make that choice.
Frank R. Wolf (R)
1453 Hunter Mill Rd., Vienna
Lawyer and member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1980-present; member, House Appropriations Committee, subcommittees on Transportation, Treasury-Postal Service-General Government; House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families; House Select Committee on Hunger; Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission); congressional Human Rights Caucus Executive Committee; former deputy assistant secretary, congressional legislative affairs, Interior Department; LLB, Georgetown Law School, 1965; BA, Pennsylvania State University, 1961; married; five children.
A. Transportation is a primary concern of Northern Virginians. An improved and balanced system of transportation is essential to the economy, prosperity and quality of life in our area. As a member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, I have worked hard to make the important improvements in our highways, Metro system and airports. Through my efforts in Congress, National and Dulles airports are now operated by a local authority; Metro is complete in the 10th District; Interstate 66 HOV rules were lowered to encourage car pools and increase commuter use; new HOV lanes on I-66 outside the Capital Beltway have been approved; George Washington Parkway and Roosevelt Bridge improvements are under way; Beltway safety improvements have been made. I also am chief sponsor of the Gridlock Relief for Interstates Program legislation, which recognizes the need for additional funding to meet the transportation needs of urban and suburban areas, a principle that I would work to incorporate in the 1991 surface transportation act.