David L. Englin (D)

Age: 31

Residence: Del Ray.

Education: BS, U.S. Air Force Academy; MA, public policy, Harvard University; attended John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Occupation: Writer; activist; consultant; retired officer, Air Force.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Alexandria Affordable Housing Advisory Committee; board member, Democratic Service Coalition; chairman, Del Ray Citizens Association Traffic Committee; member and former precinct captain, Alexandria Democratic Committee; former coordinator, Alexandria Veterans for Kerry; member, Cora Kelly Elementary School Parent Teacher Association; member, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia; member, Equality Virginia; member, Planned Parenthood; member, Jewish War Veterans of USA; member, Beth El Hebrew Congregation.

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

"The skyrocketing cost of living in the region is the most urgent overall problem, since it affects people of all ages and from all walks of life. However, this is really a web of interconnected issues driven by the growing costs of housing and health care, the failure of the state to fully fund education and transportation, and unfair tax policies that are pushing out senior citizens, others on fixed incomes and homeowners who teeter at the edge of being able to pay their bills. It's also urgent that we fight the growing attacks on gay rights and women's rights."

Why should voters elect you?

"I'm the only candidate with new ideas, fresh energy, a strong progressive vision for the future and a proven record of fighting for what's right."

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Chris J. Gregerson (R)

Age: 55

Residence: Old Town Alexandria.

Education: BS, economics, Worcester State College; MS, technology management, University of Maryland University College.

Occupation: Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton.

Elected offices/civic activities: Board member, Community in Schools of Northern Virginia; tutor, George Washington Middle School's Saturday School; treasurer, Upper King Street Neighborhood Association.

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

"One of the most urgent problems facing this area is high property taxes. Property taxes have increased beyond what many hard-working families can afford. People on fixed incomes, like retirees, have been hit hardest. The last thing we want is for people to be forced to sell their homes because of circumstances that they can't control. Affordable housing is meaningless unless people can afford to live in the homes that they buy. That's why as my district's next delegate, I will fight to cap property tax assessment rates to 5 percent a year."

Why should voters elect you?

"Voters should elect me because, rather than getting tied up in partisan politics, I have remained focused on local issues and have developed doable solutions."

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