William C. 'Bill' Mims (R)*

Age: 42.

Residence: Sterling.

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

Occupation: Lawyer, Worcester, Mims & Atwill PC.

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

Web site: senate.state.va.us./s33bio.htm

E-mail address: mims@I95.com

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."

Web site: www.lpva.com/myers

E-mail address: GCMyers@aol.com

* Incumbent