At a recent political debate in Arlington, the two candidates for Virginia Senate in the 30th District were asked whether they wanted to sum up their reasons for seeking the job.

State Sen. Patricia S. "Patsy" Ticer (D-Alexandria), who has held the seat for the last four years, concluded by saying she has a proven record of public service and would "very humbly ask for your support" so she could continue to work on issues of importance to the community.

Her opponent, C.W. "Levi" Levy (I), said: "I'm having an awful lot of fun, even if I don't win. So I don't have to sum up anything."

Levy is running not only for Ticer's seat but for four other local and state offices--chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, two Fairfax School Board seats and the Virginia House of Delegates, 39th District.

Election officials said voters often suspect a mistake when they see Levy's name in numerous places on the ballot (in all, he has run for office 10 times). But, they said, there is no legal restriction in the state preventing a candidate from running for multiple offices.

"He set a new record for running for the most offices, which requires filing many forms and gathering over 1,000 signatures," said Fairfax Registrar Robert W. Beers. "He is indeed running for five offices."

Levy, 67, of Fairfax, who has no listed telephone number and lists his occupation as publisher of the Levite Chronicle newspaper, could not be reached for an interview.

During the televised debate, sponsored by the Arlington County Civic Federation, Levy read from recent issues of his newspaper.

In an interview at her home in Old Town, Ticer, 64, declined to discuss her opponent's qualifications, saying only that "my record of public service is what I'm running on."

It is a record that dates to 1982, when she first won a seat on the Alexandria City Council. The mother of four went on to become the city's mayor in January 1991 and ran for the state Senate in the middle of her second mayoral term.

As a state senator, Ticer said, she successfully pushed to increase state aid for education by $275 million in fiscal 2000, funding for which she wants to continue to fight.

"I'm hoping to improve education in the state--from the cradle to the grave," said Ticer, a resident of Alexandria for more than 50 years. "School construction is a huge issue."

Ticer said she plans to spend about $50,000 in her second bid for the Senate, far less than the $120,000 she spent when she beat Robert L. Calhoun (R). This election, no GOP candidate has challenged her.

DISTRICT 30: State Senate

C.W. 'Levi' Levy (I)

Age: 67.

Residence: Fairfax.

Education: AA, Northern Virginia Community College; BA, George Mason University.

Occupation: Publisher, Levite Chronicle newspaper.

Elected offices/civic activities: None.

Family: Single.

Why should the voters elect you?

"What can be nicer than Patricia Ticer? On crime she's a softy. On taxes she's lofty. Vote Levi Levy. Give Ticer the boot."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"I have taken a stand for affirmative action, for health care for children of illegal aliens and for free grants for two years of computer training at local community colleges for anyone able to pass a basic algebra examination. I am against all types of illegal drugs, and have never tried marijuana or cocaine, and I do not trust anyone who has control of the atomic retaliation button who has [tried them] in his younger day."

Patricia S. 'Patsy' Ticer (D)*

Age: 64.

Residence: Alexandria.

Education: BA, Sweet Briar College.

Occupation: Legislator.

Elected offices/civic activities: Former mayor, vice mayor and council member, City of Alexandria; former chairman, Capital Campaign, Alexandria United Way; former chairman, Council of Governments (COG); state representative and former chairman, Transportation Planning Board; commissioner, Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

Family: Married; four children.

Why should the voters elect you?

"My four years of experience in the legislature and 13 years in local government give me the opportunity to champion matters of primary concern to voters in Northern Virginia. My committee assignments--transportation; agriculture, conservation and natural resources; local government; and rehabilitation and social services--directly relate to quality of life. Selected legislative initiatives include improving early childhood education; educational enhancements and infrastructure; health care benefits and availability; condominium governance; transportation improvements; and enabling use of electronic signatures, filing and commerce. Policy must support economic prosperity and quality of life."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"I believe public policy should support building a better future through education, environmental stewardship, universally accessible economic opportunities and planning for sustainable transportation systems."

Web site: arlingtondemocrats.org

E-mail address: patsy@tidalwave.net