VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN THREE

Mychele B. Brickner*

Age: 48.

Residence: Fairfax Station.

Education: BS, nursing, University of Pittsburgh.

Occupation: Part-time program officer, Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.

Elected offices/civic activities: At-large School Board member since 1996; chairman, Virginia Advisory Board on Teacher Education and Licensure; chairman, Treatment and Enforcement Task Force, Fairfax Partnership for Youth; church, school and community volunteer.

Family: Married; three children.

Why should the voters elect you?

"For four years I have worked diligently to make our children's education better. I have been an outspoken advocate to implement effective, proven programs like phonics-based reading and traditional math; evaluate programs and eliminate those that don't work; maintain safe, disciplined and orderly classrooms; and give parents a greater voice in school decisions. I pressed for and won measurable achievement goals for each school; the Core Knowledge Program (proven to raise student achievement); and caps on class sizes in high school Standard of Learning classes. I have proven my dedication to better education for all our children."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"I am committed to fix the tragedy of children who are moved through the education system without the basic skills to succeed."

Web site: www.erols.com/mbbrickner

E-mail address: mbbrickner@starpower.net

Mark H. Emery*

Age: 56.

Residence: Fairfax.

Education: BS, Duquesne University; MS, PhD, University of Iowa.

Occupation: Research physicist, Naval Research Laboratory.

Elected offices/civic activities: School Board vice chairman and former chairman; chairman, Superintendent Search Committee; former chairman, Superintendent's Community Advisory Council; PTA president, Mantua Elementary and Woodson High schools.

Family: Married; two children.

Why should the voters elect you?

"As school board chairman and vice chairman, I built a consensus on issues that advanced academic rigor, accountability and safety in our nationally ranked school division. I led efforts to institute the first set of division-wide accountability measures; reduce class size; raise academic standards; promote safe schools by expanding character education and conflict resolution programs; provide more computers for classrooms; and obtain the first state funding to build new classrooms. The board implemented new phonics- and grammar-based textbooks and made all-day kindergarten available in 32 schools. I will continue working to protect and improve our children's education and our future."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"As a public education activist for 15 years, I have a record of leadership and service and a vision of excellence for our public schools."

Web site: emery4schoolboard.com

E-mail address: emery@emery4schoolboard.com

Robert E. 'Bob' Frye Sr.*

Age: 63.

Residence: Springfield.

Education: BS, Howard University; MPA, American University; graduate, Senior Executive Education Program, Federal Executive Institute.

Occupation: Retired as director, Office of Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Elected offices/civic activities: At-large School Board member for 15 years; School Board chairman and former vice chairman; consultant, National School Boards Association.

Family: Married; two children.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I want to continue my efforts to benefit all students by achieving academic excellence and safe schools free of violence, harassment or intimidation; a balanced approach to providing adequate salaries and benefits to our employees; equity in the availability of modern school facilities and computers across the county; and community- considerate uses of the public lands and buildings operated by our system."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"With 15 years of acclaimed service, I have helped establish our school system as one of the best in the nation."

E-mail address: bobfryesbc@aol.com

Robert W. Gardner

Age: 48.

Residence: Fairfax Station.

Education: BA, University of Redlands; MPA, Syracuse University.

Occupation: Director of restructuring, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Elected offices/civic activities: Chairman and former vice chairman, Professional and Technical Studies Advisory Committee, Fairfax County public schools; board member, New Hope Housing; active PTA member; 1995 candidate for Fairfax County School Board; youth director and counselor, various Northern Virginia United Methodist churches.

Family: Married; three children.

Why should the voters elect you?

"Voters want a school board that will strive to make every child a learner and will make sure each one gets the best education possible. That's exactly what I will do. Parents know I will listen to them and am ready to work hard on their behalf, just as if their children were my own. The business community knows that I understand a growing, successful local economy demands no compromise in the quality of our nationally respected schools. Senior citizens and other residents know I will work closely with all civic groups to build a better community through great public schools."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"I will respect and compensate teachers better; set challenging academic targets; eliminate trailers and overcrowding; and get a fair share of state tax revenue."

E-mail address: bkakn@aol.com

Stephen M. 'Steve' Hunt

Age: 41.

Residence: Fairfax Station.

Education: BS, civil engineering, Duke University.

Occupation: Senior systems analyst, computer modeling coordinator and action officer, Science Applications International Corp.

Elected offices/civic activities: Chairman, Fairfax County School Health Advisory Committee; former youth director, Point Mugu Base Chapel (Calif.); former D.C. Cares volunteer; retired Navy officer.

Family: Married.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I believe that parents are the customers of the school system and should be treated with respect. I am stressing the ABCs. There must be Accountability in a $1.3 billion school system. Ineffective programs should be canceled so teachers can focus on their primary task--educating students. Teachers must be supported in maintaining proper Behavior. Students need a strong and challenging Curriculum that is founded on the basics of reading, proper writing skills and computational mathematics. My previous public service in the Navy has provided me with the leadership and managerial skills to serve you faithfully, effectively and respectfully."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"As a youth director, I saw the impact a failing school system had on children and I intend to ensure Fairfax County schools remain strong."

E-mail address: Hunt4fcsb@aol.com

C.W. 'Levi' Levy

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?

"Don't make kids' photos a brick in the wall of Fairfax County public schools' commercial exhibitionism. Vote Levi Levy. Give Brickner 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."

Rita S. Thompson

Age: 47.

Residence: Springfield.

Education: BA, Regis College; JD, Georgetown University Law Center.

Occupation: Director of public relations, Springfield District Supervisor Elaine N. McConnell.

Elected offices/civic activities: Virginia representative, Education Commission of the States; chairman, Virginia Department of Social Services subcommittee on child care; soccer coach, Springfield; Board of Visitors, Mary Washington College; co-chairman, Legislative Committee, PTSA Board, West Springfield High School.

Family: Married; two children.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I will work hard to help parents gain access to the educational process. I firmly believe that successful schools focus on basic academics, promote parental involvement, direct funding back into the classrooms and maintain safe and disciplined classrooms. I have a breadth of experience in education. I have taught preschool, served on the PTSA for several years and been involved in my professional capacity. For the past seven years, I have been the Springfield District liaison for Area I schools, working with principals and administrators of elementary, middle and high schools. I strongly believe that reading, writing and math are the foundations of lifelong learning and high achievement for our children."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"I am a bridge builder. I have the capacity to build bridges in a system where those who need to work together often do not."

E-mail address: rsjt@yahoo.com