Stuart D. Gibson*

Age: 48.

Residence: Reston.

Education: BS, journalism, Northwestern University; JD, University of Minnesota Law School.

Occupation: Senior trial attorney, U.S. Department of Justice.

Elected offices/civic activities: School Board member since 1996; former legislation chairman, Fairfax County Council of PTAs; former co-president, Lake Anne Elementary School PTA; member, Reston Optimists; member, Honorary Board of Directors, Greater Reston Arts Center.

Family: Married; two children.

Why should the voters elect you?

"In the last four years, I have compiled a record of hard work, dedication and service to the children of Fairfax County. I helped bring Daniel Domenech here as our superintendent; worked to secure $35 million in state funding for school buildings and technology; voted to adopt the first phonics-based reading textbooks in 12 years; and worked to craft the first measurable goals for student achievement, safe schools, technology and equity in our history. Working together, we will continue the important task of preparing all our students to take their places as leaders in the 21st century."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"In my not-so-abundant free time, I enjoy choral singing, biking with my daughter, Rebecca, and taking weekend walks around Reston with my wife."

Web site: www.legislators.com/gibson

E-mail address: sg4sb@aol.com

Thomas A. Wilkins

Age: 69.

Residence: Reston.

Education: BS, St. Paul's College; MA, New York University; MPA, NOVA-Northeastern University.

Occupation: Retired administrator, D.C. and federal governments.

Elected offices/civic activities: Commonwealth of Virginia Gang and Youth Initiatives Task Force; former president, Reston Association Board; board of directors, Optimist Club of Reston; president, WNVC Advisory Board; vice chairman, Fairfax County Community Action Board.

Family: Widowed; three children.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I should be elected because of my demonstrated leadership ability and steadfast commitment to our children and community. My extensive involvement in community activities will provide broad-based contacts that will benefit the school system. My intimate knowledge of Hunter Mill District includes strong ties to all ethnic groups. My professional experiences include budgeting, finance, administration and management. Additionally, I am recognized for sustained contributions to the overall welfare of the community. My interpersonal skills in 'bridge building' will be useful in increasing the effectiveness of the school board."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"I have been recognized by many and varied organizations for outstanding contributions. Sources of recognition include churches, local and state governments and educational and civic organizations."