Harry J. Parrish (R)*

Age: 83

Residence: Manassas.

Education: BA, business administration, Virginia Polytechnic Institute; attended Wofford College; graduate, Royal Air Force Flight School.

Occupation: State delegate; chairman, Manassas Ice and Fuel Co.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Virginia House of Delegates, 1982-present; mayor, City of Manassas, 1975-81; mayor, Town of Manassas, 1963-75; council member, Town of Manassas, 1951-63; member, Manassas Volunteer Fire Company; trustee emeritus, member, board of directors, Prince William Hospital and Health System; member, Capital Campaign Committee, Grace United Methodist Church, Kiwanis Club of Manassas, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans, Society for Preservation of Black Heritage, Manassas Crime Solvers; past director, Crestar Bank and predecessors; member and past board member, Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce.

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

"Transportation! A reliable funding source must be passed in order to fund the great needs within our transportation network. Multi-modal uses must be pushed to reduce cars on our crowded roads, as construction cannot occur overnight. Employers must be able to get their employees to work, or the technology industry supporting Northern Virginia will locate elsewhere."

Why should voters elect you?

"Because of my experience, seniority, honesty, integrity, knowledge, a proven track record and the ability to work cooperatively with fellow members of the General Assembly."

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Donald E. Shuemaker Jr. (D)

Age: 27

Residence: Manassas Park.

Education: BA, government, College of William and Mary; graduate work, University of Virginia, George Mason University.

Occupation: Rural carrier associate, U.S. Postal Service.

Elected offices/civic activities: President, Stoneridge II Homeowners Association; treasurer, Outlook Recreation Association.

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

"The 50th District is becoming more urban and more diverse, forcing us to think differently about education, mass transit, crowding in our neighborhoods and gangs. All three of our local school districts are racial pluralities, forcing more resources to be used to teach English to non-speakers. As people live closer together, mass transit has to be considered part of the solution for our gridlocked transportation network, and new laws need to be passed expanding space requirements per person in dwellings to avoid crowding. Lastly, more gang prevention needs to take place at the elementary school level to reduce gang membership."

Why should voters elect you?

"My teaching experience and 26-year residency in Manassas Park allow me to offer new solutions to improve education, crowding and gangs in our communities."

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