G. N. 'Jay' Fisette Jr. (D)* *

Age: 49

Residence: Ashton Heights.

Education: BA, political science, Bucknell University; MA, public and international affairs, University of Pittsburgh.

Occupation: County Board chairman.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Arlington County Board, 1998-2005; vice chair, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; vice chair, Virginia Housing Development Authority; member, Regional Emergency Preparedness Council; member, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission; executive committee member, Virginia Municipal League; past president, Arlington Arts Center; member, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington; member, Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance; member, Ashton Heights Civic Association; past board member, Culpepper Garden retirement facility.

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

"Arlington has succeeded in uniting solid progressive values with fiscal responsibility. Through our success, we enjoy top-notch schools, high-quality services, low crime and robust smart-growth development. In fact, we are a victim of our own success, as we face a challenge in maintaining housing that is affordable to persons of low and moderate income -- and thus risk losing the diversity that we cherish. Though we have applied many resources to this issue, we continue to seek innovative tools to address this real problem."

Why should voters elect you?

"I am crazy about Arlington and have the energy, experience and leadership necessary to make Arlington even better."

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