Patrick F. Chorpenning Jr.

Age: 31.

Residence: South Riding.

Education: BA, University of Denver; MEd, George Washington University.

Occupation: Teacher, West Potomac High School, Alexandria.

Elected offices/civic activities: Student government association sponsor, West Potomac High School/Virginia High School League; member, School Libraries Advisory Board, Congressional Quarterly Inc.; fellowship programs coordinator, Association for Health Services Research; member, Sterling Elementary PTA; former member, National Council for Social Studies.

Family: Married.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I'm a public school teacher working with hundreds of teenagers every day. As an educator, I understand firsthand the needs of students, teachers, parents, administrators and taxpayers. I understand how education policy from the boardroom translates into the classroom and how Loudoun's rapid growth is placing strain on the schoolhouse. I intend to reestablish the voice and needs of children--currently squeezed out of the public dialogue by a rising tide of partisan divisiveness--while moving the educational reform discussion from legislative bodies and corporate boardrooms closer to the classroom. Teaching government and formulating education policy are worthy, complementary pursuits."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"I'm endorsed by departing incumbent Edward J. Kiley and the Loudoun Education Association. If elected, I would be the only teacher on the School Board--a necessary advocate for public schools and children!"

E-mail address: chorpenning@earthlink.net

Dean W. Coursen

Age: None given.

Residence: Aldie.

Education: BA, Denison University; BS, University of Maryland; MEd, George Washington University.

Occupation: Owner, Sleepy Hollow Landscaping Service.

Elected offices/civic activities: Arcola soccer coach; vice president and coordinator, Loudoun Youth Soccer Association; 1988 alternate delegate, Republican National Convention; chairman, Education Committee, Loudoun Republican Party.

Family: Married; eight children.

Why should the voters elect you?

"My wife and I have resided in Loudoun County for almost 25 years. All eight of our children graduated from Loudoun County High School. I hold a master's degree in special education from George Washington University and taught in public education for eight years. Having spent a great deal of time in the classroom, I understand the problems that confront teachers on a daily basis. From my experience as a father and educator, I have found that a school system which teaches traditional subjects, and imparts discipline as necessary, makes a safe environment in which children can learn."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"Anything I did outside of work involved my kids. This is the reason I waited until my children were grown to run for School Board."