Michele B. McQuigg (R)*

Age: 58

Residence: Occoquan Landing.

Education: BS, Mary Washington College; MS, Virginia Tech.

Occupation: Member, Virginia House of Delegates.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Virginia House of Delegates, 1998-present, Prince William Board of County Supervisors, 1992-98; shopping center volunteer and first recycling committee chairman, Clean Community Council; member, Lake Ridge-Occoquan-Coles Civic Association, ACTS, Friends of the Library, Committee of 100, Virginia PTA; former member, Prince William Crime Commission board of directors, George Mason University board of visitors; former leader, Girl Scouts; volunteer, Neighborhood Watch; former co-president, Occoquan Elementary and Fred Lynn Middle schools' PTAs.

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

"Transportation. I've worked for hundreds of commuter parking spaces, fourth lane of Interstate 95, intersection improvements and more public transit. Since I've been in the General Assembly, the transportation budget has grown by more than 70 percent. That's not enough. I will continue to fight for more money for our region, more capacity on our roads and public transportation improvements. I oppose I-95 HOT lanes. I support a constitutional amendment to mandate all transportation funds be spent on transportation; using general fund money for transportation; a surcharge on chronically bad drivers for transportation; bus rapid transit; using technology; and continued VDOT reforms."

Why should voters elect you?

"I know my constituents and the issues. I have the experience and a proven record of accomplishments. I've been there for the citizens."

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Earnest W. Porta Jr. (D)

Age: 41

Residence: Occoquan.

Education: BS, comparative and regional studies, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service; JD, Georgetown University Law Center; MA pending, history, George Mason University.

Occupation: None given.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Historic Occoquan Inc., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Virginia State Bar; vice chairman, Occoquan Magisterial District Democratic Committee; member, Financial Planning Association.

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

"Transportation is the most urgent issue facing residents of the 51st District. To date, our elected officials have lacked the political will to tackle this problem, instead distracting the public with petty issues like license plate slogans and road names -- or, worse yet, unnecessary and divisive social legislation. I believe instead that we should focus on flexible and affordable solutions to our transportation woes, using innovative tools like bus rapid transit and telecommuting, which have the potential to take cars off the roads. Moreover, we should resist measures like HOT lanes that threaten to harm our successful carpool/slug-rider system."

Why should voters elect you?

"I will focus on the issues important to my constituents and always be candid with them about my own views on those issues."

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