James E. Hyland (R)

Age: 45

Residence: Oakton.

Education: BA, George Washington University; JD, George Mason University School of Law.

Occupation: Attorney, Greenberg Traurig LLP law firm.

Elected offices/civic activities: President, Friends of the Oakton Library; board member, Courthouse Oaks Homeowners Association; former co-chairman, Providence District, Tom Davis for Congress reelection campaign; GOP candidate for county supervisor, 2003.

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

"Traffic congestion; overdevelopment near MetroWest and the proposed Hunter Mill Road tract; double-digit property tax increases and lack of fairness from Richmond in education and transportation funding: what I call the Richmond rip-off. I will use my two decades of experience working for people like Sen. John Warner and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to address these issues aggressively. I have a record of accomplishment, and I have a specific seven-point plan to deal with transportation issues. Further, I have very specific steps to take in order to curtail property tax increases and improve education."

Why should voters elect you?

"I am a lifelong resident of Vienna. I have the experience, energy and specific plans to actually get results for Vienna and Oakton."

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Stephen C. Shannon (D)*

Age: 34

Residence: Dunn Loring.

Education: BA, Fairfield University; MA, public policy, Georgetown University; JD, University of Virginia School of Law.

Occupation: Lawyer, Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C.; member, Virginia House of Delegates.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Virginia House of Delegates, 2004-06, Vienna Host Lions Club, Historic Vienna Inc., Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce; sponsor, Vienna Rookie Nationals Little League.

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

"Traffic congestion is our number one problem. My plan calls for extending Metro to Tysons Corner and on to Dulles, widening Interstate 66 and introducing bus rapid transit. Last year, I succeeded in getting an additional $848 million for roads, Metro and Virginia Railway Express. I am committed to using our current budget surplus to make the long-term investments we need to reduce traffic congestion."

Why should voters elect you?

"I helped Gov. Warner pass a bipartisan budget that restored Virginia's fiscal integrity, prevented a government shutdown and protected funding for transportation and education."

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