Leslie L. Byrne (D)

Age: 59

Residence: Fairfax County.

Education: Attended University of Utah; visiting professor, Mount Vernon College.

Occupation: Chief financial officer, Byrne and Associates.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Virginia Senate, 2000-03, U.S. House of Representatives, 1993-94, and Virginia House of Delegates, 1986-92; past special assistant to director, United States Information Agency; past director, U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs; past president, Fairfax League of Women Voters; member, parent teacher association.

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

"Education. We must improve the quality of and access to education in Virginia. We must start by providing adequate and consistent state funding to K-through-12 education. This year, the commonwealth shortchanged localities by more than $800 million. One in three Virginia ninth-graders does not graduate from high school. An increase in career-oriented education will help keep these non-college-bound students from dropping out. In the next decade, we will have 60,000 additional students in Virginia colleges and universities. We must start planning and investing for these additional students now."

Why should voters elect you?

"My experience and track record of effectiveness on issues like education, health care, transportation and the environment uniquely qualifies me to be Virginia's lieutenant governor."

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William T. 'Bill' Bolling (R)

Age: 48

Residence: Hanover County.

Education: BA, political science, University of Charleston.

Occupation: Insurance broker.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member and chairman, Hanover County Board of Supervisors, 1992-95; member, Virginia Senate, 1996-present; adult Sunday school teacher, Shady Grove United Methodist Church; member, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Virginia.

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

"The most important issue currently facing Virginia is the need to develop a transportation system for the 21st century. However, it is important that we do this the right way, without raising taxes. I have put forth a comprehensive proposal that will secure more money for the transportation trust fund, make sure that the money in the transportation trust fund is not diverted to other government programs, enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the Department of Transportation and expand the use of public-private and state-local partnerships."

Why should voters elect you?

"I have the experience in state government that is necessary to help lead Virginia and a record of supporting the conservative values Virginians believe in."

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