William S. Barker

Age: 52

Residence: Virginia Highlands.

Education: BA, liberal arts, American College in Jerusalem; completed graduate work in history at State University of New York at Buffalo and graduate work in liberal studies at Excelsior College, Albany; senior executive fellow, Harvard University.

Occupation: Acting chief of contracts, Library of Congress.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Arlington NAACP; member, Arlington Ridge Civic Association; member, Navy League of the United States; member, Washington-Lee High School PTA; former member, Key Elementary School and Gunston Middle School PTAs.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"With the generous amount Arlington spends on education, we should expect more. There should be no excuse for the continuing minority achievement gap, for failing to achieve every single minority achievement goal or for the large number of schools that failed to meet the commonwealth's standards under No Child Left Behind. Rather than provide excuses, we need to apply a sense of urgency to correct these gaps and ensure success for all schools so that every student has an opportunity to become a productive member of society -- make programs that work more widely available and cancel programs that don't."

Why should voters elect you?

"I come from a family of educators, have a daughter in the school system and have a successful 27-year career in county and federal government."

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E.T. 'Libby' Garvey *

Age: 53

Residence: Arlington.

Education: BA, politics, Mount Holyoke College.

Occupation: Chairman, Arlington County School Board.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Arlington County School Board, 1997-present; chairman, Arlington County School Board, 1999-2001; member, Council of Governments National Capitol Region Emergency Preparedness Council; past vice chairman, Arlington Public Schools Advisory Council on Instruction; past vice president, Arlington County Council of PTAs; past vice president, Fairlington Citizens Association; past president, Abingdon Elementary PTA.

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Arlington's greatest challenge is to keep our focus on our two strategic goals: improving the achievement of all students and closing the gap in achievement between different groups of students. Federal mandates make this increasingly difficult. We must continue to teach for understanding, not teach to the test. We must continue to attract and retain quality teachers and staff. As we develop our next six-year strategic plan, we will continue to help administrators, teachers, students, parents and the community develop ways to work together most effectively to help all students achieve their potential and make connections with the greater community."

Why should voters elect you?

"During my two terms, student achievement improved and the achievement gap narrowed significantly. Eighty-eight percent of parents highly rate their child's school."

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Shaun W. Whelden

Age: 20

Residence: East Falls Church.

Education: AA, liberal arts, Northern Virginia Community College; pursuing a BA in politics, Marymount University.

Occupation: Student, Marymount University.

Elected offices/civic activities: Chairman, Libertarian Party of Arlington County; communications director, Libertarian Party of Virginia; member, National Rifle Association; member, Virginia Citizens Defense League; member, Marijuana Policy Project; member, Virginia Police Benevolent Association; member, Izaak Walton League (Arlington-Fairfax Chapter).

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"One of the biggest problems facing Arlington's schools is gangs. Before No Child Left Behind, this county's gang problem was isolated to south Arlington's high schools (and middle schools). But with NCLB in place, violent gang members from south Arlington may be transferred into north Arlington's schools. Gangs were not acceptable when they were isolated to south Arlington, and we certainly don't want them spreading out any further. We must eliminate them now. This can be accomplished through proper law enforcement efforts and volunteer-based gang prevention programs. If elected, I will work hard to implement both of those solutions."

Why should voters elect you?

"I just graduated from Yorktown High School after attending Arlington's public schools from K-12. I can offer the youthful perspective that no other candidate can."

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Frank K. Wilson *

Age: 70

Residence: Highview Park (North Arlington).

Education: BS, computer science/engineering, University of the District of Columbia; BT, civil engineering technology, Oregon Institute of Technology; MA, business management, Central Michigan.

Occupation: Retired computer system analysis, geodesist and civil engineering.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Arlington School Board, 1984-present; past president, John M. Langston Citizens Association; member, Arlington Hospital Board, NAACP, school and county committees, Arlington Committee of 100; former coach of youth sports; deacon, Mount Olive Baptist Church (Arlington).

What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?

"Raise the achievement for all students and eliminate the achievement gap between different demographic groups. Along with eliminating the gap, we need to ensure that all schools are fully accredited as pertaining to the Standards of Learning and the No Child Left Behind Act."

Why should voters elect you?

"I am guided by one overriding principle -- that we must always do what is best for kids. I make educational decisions and not political ones."

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