Charles J. Colgan III*

Age: 25.

Residence: Manassas.

Education: Attended George Mason University; BA expected in late 1999.

Occupation: Asset manager, assistant vice president, Urquhart & Co.

Elected offices/civic activities: School Board member since 1996; former budget committee member, former board vice chairman and policy committee chairman, Prince William County School Board; member, Sons of the American Legion, Post 10; member, Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce.

Family: Married.

Why should the voters elect you?

"Do you think it would be beneficial to have at least one young person on the School Board? For the past four years, I have been able to provide a youthful, common-sense perspective to the board. I am the only candidate who is a product of the Prince William schools and who knows what it is like to be a student in the 1990s. I have the experience, proven leadership, knowledge and positive public record that both of my opponents are seeking. I want to make sure the taxpayers get the most out of their educational system and that we keep our schools family friendly."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"My wife Wendy, who is from High Point, N.C., and I met during the summer of 1997 in Paris, France, on a mission project."

E-mail address: ccolgan@erols.com

E.A. 'Gail' Johnson

Age: 56.

Residence: Gainesville.

Education: BS, University of Louisville; Officer Candidate School, U.S. Navy; teacher certification, Delta State University; M.Ed. and post-graduate work, Georgia State University at Atlanta.

Occupation: Owner, Johnson Enterprises.

Elected offices/civic activities: Co-chairman, Virginia Women's Network; board member, Military Academy Selection Board, 10th Congressional District; board member, Lake Manassas Residential Owners Association; board treasurer, Village Point Homeowners Association; 30 years of experience in school and youth-oriented organizations.

Family: Married; two children.

Why should the voters elect you?

"A number of parents asked me to run for School Board. I am honored that they want me to represent them and I'll work hard to do that. I have the professional experience of having been a public school teacher, the practical experience of being a parent of two children who were educated in public schools, the academic preparation with a master's degree in vocational education supervision and work toward a PhD in educational policy-making. I have been endorsed by the Prince William Educators Association, the Prince William Federation of Teachers, the Prince William Education Committee and the Northern Virginia Central Labor Council."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"I am a nationally recognized civic leader with state and local groups and have a lifelong commitment in community service."

Web site: members.aol.com/votegail99/page/index.htm

E-mail address: votegail99@aol.com

Donald P. Richardson

Age: 42.

Residence: Haymarket.

Education: BA, University of Virginia; certificate in data systems, National Cryptologic School.

Occupation: Software engineer, Lockheed Martin Corp.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Mountain View Elementary Advisory Council; member, Superintendent's Task Force on Building and Revenue Needs; vice president and coach, Virginia Soccer Association; former Cub Scout leader; Prince William County Leadership Institute.

Family: Married; two children.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I have a record of service to the children of the Gainesville District in education, sports and scouting. My activities have helped me to get to know many parents, and I understand their concerns very well, since my two children have attended county schools for six years. I also understand the viewpoint of educators, since I am married to a former music teacher. My 20 years of experience in software engineering will help our schools make the most of technology. As someone with a degree in history, I will work to improve our children's performance on the Standards of Learning history tests."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"From 1989 to 1991 I served on a Scottish school board (like our advisory councils) and gained valuable insight on how another country educates children."

Web site: www.erols.com/don.richardson

E-mail address: don.richardson@erols.com