Mary H. Hynes* (D)

Age: 47

Residence: Lyon Village.

Education: BA, College of St. Benedict.

Occupation: Self-employed preschool music teacher.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Arlington County School Board, 1994-present; School Board chairman, 1997-98, 2001-02; chairman, Arlington Public Schools Futures Planning process, 1992-93; chairman, Advisory Council on Instruction, 1990-92; member, Arlington YMCA Board, Arlington Kiwanis Club and Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

Why should the voters elect you?

"Since 1994, I've worked with parents and the community to improve the educational achievement of students at every school; bring efficiency and accountability to annual budgeting and the long-term capital investment program; increase the rigor of program evaluation; keep class size among the smallest in the region; attract, retain and support high-quality teachers. Building on that foundation, in the next four years I pledge to find ways to help students connect schoolwork more directly to the world of work, train young people to become good citizens and engage them in our community's civic life."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"My experiences -- parenting five children, teaching preschool, writing curriculum and participating in Arlington's schools for 22 years -- affirm my lifelong commitment to education."

Web site:

www.MaryHynes.com

E-mail address:

hynes1503@msn.com

Beth Wolffe (R)

Age: 49

Residence: Northwest Arlington.

Education: BA, with distinction, University of Michigan; JD, cum laude, Villanova University Law School.

Occupation: Laywer, employment law, the Wolffe Law Firm.

Elected offices/civic activities: Mentor, African American and second-language students; member, Arlington Civic Federation Schools Committee; member, Arlington public schools Accountability and Evaluation Committee; former member, Arlington public schools Advisory Council on Instruction; Swanson Middle School and Glebe Elementary School PTAs.

Why should the voters elect you?

"To end the admissions lotteries at magnet schools such as Arlington Traditional and H-B Woodlawn by expanding those programs to more schools in neighborhoods that would welcome them. Successful programs should be available to everyone, not rationed by lottery, and south Arlington should have the same kinds of schools as north Arlington. To better evaluate school programs to know why, for example, Arlington did not meet its goals for narrowing the minority achievement gap last year so we can do better this year. To ensure that the $12,229 spent per child per year gives our children the best possible education."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I want to lower class size, strengthen English instruction for second-language students and create a system whereby parents can always know their children's homework assignments."

Web site:

www.BethForSchoolBoard.com

E-mail address:

Beth@BethForSchoolBoard.com