James P. Moran* (D)

Age: 57

Residence: Arlington County.

Education: BA, economics, College of the Holy Cross; MPA, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Occupation: Member, U.S. House of Representatives.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1991-present; former Alexandria mayor, vice mayor and City Council member.

Why should the voters elect you?

"Throughout my career in Congress, I have worked to be accessible and represent the values of my constituents. I will continue to do so if reelected. I have pushed for tougher gun control measures, including a ban on military-style assault weapons; fought for the rights of patients to sue their HMOs if unfairly denied health care; consistently been pro-choice; urged more money for higher teacher pay, more classrooms and a first-rate education for children; secured millions for important transportation and environmental programs; and worked to improve our quality of life."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"What drives me is making a real difference in people's lives, being there for my kids and standing up for what I believe."

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Ronald V. Crickenberger (L)

Age: 47

Residence: Falls Church.

Education: "School of experience and hard knocks."

Occupation: Political director, Libertarian Party.

Elected offices/civic activities: "Nearly 20 years of volunteer civic activity through the Libertarian Party, including charity work for the needy, manning polls on Election Day and participating in anti-tax and anti-drug war demonstrations. Recently arrested for civil disobedience in support of sick and dying patients who use medical marijuana."

Why should the voters elect you?

"I believe America is the most prosperous nation on earth because we are the freest. I promise that if you elect me: I'll never vote for any tax increase. I'll always vote to reduce your tax burden. I'll always vote to respect your rights, privacy and personal decisions. I'll never vote to make any action a crime that does not directly violate someone else's rights. And I'll always vote to defend America but never to send our soldiers to die fighting someone else's age-old war."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"Endorsed by the National Taxpayers Union as 'the obvious choice for taxpayers.' Named a 'Rising Star' of politics by Campaigns and Elections magazine."

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Scott C. Tate (R)

Age: 42

Residence: Ballston.

Education: Attended Georgetown University.

Occupation: Internet consultant; sole proprietor, CompuTate.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Arlington County Planning Commission; former member, Arlington County Cable TV and Information Technology Advisory Commission; member, Arlington Committee of 100, Arlingtonians for a Better County, Optimist Club and National Federation of Independent Businesses.

Why should the voters elect you?

"As a longtime resident of Northern Virginia, I believe it is time for a change in our congressional representation. I will work for the interests of those in the 8th District, including bringing increased transportation and education dollars back; working to strengthen the economy, especially in the technology and tourism sectors; helping staff the new Department of Homeland Security with the best and brightest, while protecting workers' rights; and pushing initiatives regarding domestic violence. I will never violate the bond of trust between voter and elected official and will represent the district with energy, effectiveness, integrity and dignity."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"As a candidate, I ask for your vote. I am also a constituent and am concerned about the credibility and ethics of the incumbent."

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