Meredith L. Gorfein (D)

Age: 55.

Residence: Washington, Rappahannock County.

Education: BA, West Virginia Wesleyan College; MFA, Boston University.

Occupation: Self-employed grape grower.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Rappahannock County Democratic Committee.

Family: Married.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I am a progressive and more positive in my thinking about both the present and our future. I will be a true champion of the public schools and work to form alliances in the General Assembly which will benefit the citizens of the 31st District."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"I put myself through college and graduate school. I have owned two motorcycles. I'm an okay carpenter. And I'm looking forward to being a legislator."

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Jay K. Katzen (R)*

Age: 63.

Residence: Markham.

Education: BA, Princeton University; MA, Yale University.

Occupation: Full-time legislator.

Elected offices/civic activities: Delegate since 1993; chairman, Rappahannock River Basin Commission; member, Warrenton Rotary Club; member, Extension Leadership Council in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties; Virginia representative, Executive Committee, Quad State Legislative Council.

Family: Married; three children.

Why should the voters elect you?

"Working together since 1993, we have cut taxes, improved public education, abolished parole and reformed welfare by applying common-sense conservative policies. We can keep Virginia moving forward by cutting additional taxes and bring school choice to Virginia."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"I trust Virginians and their families--not big government--to make the decisions most important in their lives. Protecting our Constitution will assure this liberty."

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