Republican Del. Richard H. "Dick" Black has supported antiabortion measures in Richmond. His opponent, Democrat C.B. "Kelly" Burk, favors abortion rights.
Black has crusaded to install filters on library computers to block pornography. Burk has spoken out against those efforts.
Pick a social issue, and the two candidates for the seat for state House District 32 likely have opposing views. But on this much, they agree: Loudoun County needs more money for school construction and transportation.
Black, who won the right to represent the district's swath of Loudoun--along with a bite-size piece of Fairfax County--in a special election last year, has become one of the most conservative members of the House of Delegates. He has proposed legislation advocating antiabortion license plates and has supported efforts to allow concealed weapons in restaurants.
Black also has pressed for less polarizing causes--more money for transportation and school construction--and says he has done a good job of obtaining state dollars for Loudoun.
Burk is the head of the Loudoun Education Association and has worked for causes dear to school employees, such as allowing parental leave for adoptions and providing more professional development for teachers. During her campaign, she has called for growth control measures as well as more money for school construction and transportation.
Burk has accused Black of being out of step with voters, particularly the young technology workers moving into the district.
"He's definitely representing the extreme element within the Republican Party," Burk said of Black. "On every issue I can think of, we're opposite."
Black counters by accusing his opponent of extremism.
"Mine is more of a family focus," he said.
One of the campaign's biggest clashes has been over guns. Burk has hammered Black for supporting a measure allowing students to bring guns on school grounds as long as they are locked in car trunks. Black said the measure was designed for students in rural areas who want to hunt after class. But Burk has said that allowing students to have guns at schools, even in locked car trunks, would encourage violence, something Black disputes.
During the campaign, Black has played down social issues. If reelected, he said his top priority would be to secure funding to extend Metrorail along the Dulles corridor.
Black also cited his efforts to obtain money to expand Route 7 from four to six lanes eastward from the Loudoun County line to Tysons Corner--a route that he says many of his constituents use to get to and from work.
"We'll be looking at transportation generally," Black said. "That takes up 70 percent of our time."
Black also said he would work to bring back more money for school construction from the state and press for more state tax dollars to be returned to Loudoun.
Burk said that she would focus on transportation and that Black has not brought enough money back to the district for such projects. She said she would pursue a more regional approach to road and transit issues. Burk also said she would work on education issues and said her experience as a Loudoun teacher would serve her well.
Burk wants to revamp the state's tax structure so that localities get back a portion of the income tax.
Burk said she would support several slow-growth measures that Loudoun supervisors have asked for, including allowing the county to charge developers fees for school construction.
CAPTION: House of Delegates Districts for Loudoun, Fauquier (This graphic was not available)