Term: 2 Years

Salary: $96,600

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


(1 seat)

James P. Moran Jr. (D)

205 W. Uhler Ter., Alexandria

Age: 45

Mayor, Alexandria, 1985-present; vice mayor, Alexandria, 1982-84; member, Alexandria City Council, 1979-82; chairmanships: Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, Regional Drug Summit of Chief Elected Officials, Metro Development Policy Commission, Conference on Growth and Transportation, Public-Private Affordable Housing Task Force, Economic Development and Land Use Policy Committee for the Washington Area Council of Governments, Human Development Policy Committee for the National League of Cities, Aging Committee for the United States Conference of Mayors; recipient, 1988 Metropolitan Public Service Award for visionary leadership.

A. The most important challenge of the 1990s will be to reduce the budget deficit to manageable terms so that we can afford to reinvest in our future. Quality education and job training, efficient transportation, affordable housing and accessible health care should all be a part of America's vision for the 21st century. With a trillion-dollar budget, all our foreign and domestic needs can be met provided the Congress is willing to stand up to the special interests and to act in the public interest. If elected to Congress, I would apply my background in financial management and my experience in local government to fully reflect the interests and vigorously fight for the needs of Northern Virginians. I {would} better serve the constituent interests of federal employees by joining the Civil Service Committee. And I would ensure that the constitutionally guaranteed reproductive rights of all women are respected and protected.

Robert T. Murphy (I)

7205 Signal Hill Rd.


Age: 42

Telecommunications manager, dp Communications Corp.; Marine Corps enlisted man, 1965-68; 1st Marine Division (Vietnam), 1966-67; joined Libertarian Party, 1974; Libertarian National Committee, 1985-89; member: Nature Conservancy, Center for Defense Information, National Rifle Association, National Abortion Rights Action League, National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, Drug Strategy Network; hobbies: old pickups, old bookstores.

A. The deficit and the collapsing economy. Congress has stolen our future and our children's and grandchildren's future, bankrupting our country through inflation and taxation. We pay half our income in taxes, they still want more, and even with more they still refuse to balance the budget! With credit guaranteed by taxpayers combined with lower taxes for businesses and investors, Congress created an illusion of prosperity. But the bills have come due. Oppressive Social Security taxes, property taxes and inflation have devastated the purchasing power of the average family. I believe in strengthening the economy from the bottom up. The "trickle down" theory has proved to be an absurd failure. I propose reducing Social Security taxes and increasing the personal income tax exemption to $25,000. The average worker's spendable income would increase by 20 percent. Families could pay off their bills, buy homes, provide child care and increase their savings.

Stanford E. "Stan" Parris (R)

Duffield Lane, Alexandria

Age: 61


Senior member, Virginia delegation to Congress; vice chairman, House District of Columbia Committee; member, committees on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs, Select Narcotics, and the Interior; earned Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple Heart as fighter pilot in Korean War; 26 years of government experience, including Fairfax Board of Supervisors and Virginia General Assembly; some of this year's accomplishments include: House passage, Metro reauthorization; passage, commuter rail amendment; emergency grant, Wilson Bridge repair; passage, bill to fund Korean War Veterans Memorial; $3.5 million for Prince William transit center.

A. The greatest priority facing this nation is the successful completion of America's mission in the Middle East and the safe return of our brave American military personnel to their families and friends. The President has my unwavering support towards that end. The issue that has the greatest impact on the quality of life for 8th District residents, however, is transportation. Transportation issues have topped the list of priorities during my years of public service to Northern Virginians. I am proud of my accomplishments in this regard, but we have a great deal more to do. Specifically, I co-authored legislation, which passed the House, to complete the full Metro rail system to Springfield-Franconia; obtained $5 billion in past Metro construction and parking grants and appropriations; initiated the proposal for commuter rail service in 1985 -- service will begin next year; helped to get federal funds for a study of Woodrow Wilson Bridge capacity increase options; and won approval for 1983 legislation permitting all commuters to use high-occupancy vehicles' lanes on Shirley Highway.