At a time when many candidates for the General Assembly are clamoring for tighter restrictions on guns in schools, Garry C. Myers advocates the opposite. He said schoolchildren would be better off if they were armed.

What's more, Myers wants to legalize all drugs. He wants to get rid of public schools and redirect those tax dollars to the school of a parent's choice. And he wants to eliminate the state sales tax, which he calls "immoral."

Myers is a Libertarian candidate running for state Senate in the 33rd District, which includes Loudoun County and part of Fairfax County. He's running against a candidate with more conventional views on such issues, incumbent Republican William C. "Bill" Mims.

Myers said he decided to run mostly to spread the libertarian message and has not been doing a lot of campaigning. "I'm mainly interested in getting Libertarian issues into the public mind and making them known," Myers said.

Mims said he is running on his record. He emphasized his work in the last session to get state lottery funds sent to localities to fund schools; he said he would press for more funding for school construction if reelected.

He also said he was proud of playing a significant role in legislation that allows parents to prepay college tuition in the state and put money in a tax-free education savings plan.

Mims also touted his work to revise state law on juvenile justice issues, which he said he wants to continue to examine. He said that, among other things, the legislation helped increased the number of offenses for which juveniles could be tried as adults.

On traffic, Mims said that if reelected, he would fight for funding for rail in the Dulles corridor and for funds to expand Route 7 to three lanes west of Tysons Corner. He also said he would fight for growth control measures requested by Loudoun supervisors and other constituencies.

Mims, 42, said he disagrees with much of his opponent's agenda. "I am almost speechless at the thought of legalizing crack cocaine," Mims said. "I think that the legalization of crack cocaine would open Pandora's box regarding widespread death, violence and the destruction of whoever is using it."

Myers, 48, said legalizing drugs would save lives by eliminating violence associated with the illegal drug trade.

Myers said that if students were allowed to carry guns into schools, they would be safer. He said any kind of gun control is "wrong" and a violation of the Second Amendment of the Constitution. He said that if students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., had been armed during the shooting rampage earlier this year there, lives could have been saved.

"If teachers and students in Littleton had been armed, there would have been far less carnage there," Myers said. "It might not have happened at all."

DISTRICT 33: State Senate

William C. 'Bill' Mims (R)*

Age: 42.

Residence: Sterling.

Education: AB, College of William and Mary; JD, George Washington University; LLM, Georgetown University.

Occupation: Attorney, Worcester, Mims & Atwill, P.C.

Elected offices/civic activities: State senator since 1998; state delegate (1992-1998); chief of staff, Rep. Frank R. Wolf (1985-1987).

Family: Married; three children.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I strive to work in a bipartisan way to help Northern Virginia's families. My legislation created the Virginia Prepaid Education Program and the Virginia Education Savings Trust, which help parents save for college expenses through tax-benefited accounts. I have worked to provide funding for school construction, and my legislation, which confronts youth violence, helps keep our schools safe. I have led the fight to prevent children from smoking. I am committed to securing funding for rail service in the Dulles corridor and for necessary highway improvements. These are real solutions for issues confronting families in our region."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"Vaclav Havel expresses my governmental philosophy-- "Genuine politics . . . is simply serving those around us: serving the community and serving those who will come after us."

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Garry C. Myers (Libertarian)

Age: 48.

Residence: Herndon.

Education: BA, Arizona State University.

Occupation: Computer consultant.

Elected offices/civic activities: None.

Family: Single.

Why should the voters elect you?

"Voters should elect me because I trust them, not the state, to make Virginia safe and prosperous. I will work to make Virginia safer by securing the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. I will work to make Virginia more prosperous by proposing to repeal the state income tax, since I believe it is immoral to tax a person for working, saving and investing. And I will return to parents control over their children's learning and upbringing by attaching educational dollars to the child, not the schools, thereby breaking up the government school monopoly."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"The voters should know that I trust them to make decisions about their own lives, not politicians or bureaucrats."

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