Richard H. 'Dick' Black (R)*

Age: 61

Residence: Cascades.

Education: BS, BA, accounting, University of Florida; JD, University of Florida; U.S. Marine Corps (1963-70); U.S. Army (1976-94).

Occupation: State delegate; retired after 34 years of military service; retired U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG).

Elected offices/civic activities: Delegate for the 32nd District, 1998-present; member, American Legion, Family Foundation, USMC Helicopter Association, National Federation of Independent Business, Law Enforcement Alliance of America, Knights of Columbus, Izaak Walton League, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Concerned Women for America, Virginia Right to Life, Virginia Society for Human Life, Herpetology Society of Virginia, Elks Club; former trustee, Loudoun County Library Board.

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

"The biggest issue facing the 32nd District is improving transportation. Virginia has an enormous surplus that should be applied to transportation. Expanding Route 7 and completing improvements on Route 28 are top priorities. I successfully passed five bills that secured $200 million to improve Route 28. As a senior member of the Transportation Committee, I have secured funding for improvements to Route 7, Route 28 and Route 15. The key to transportation is focusing surplus revenue on highways."

Why should voters elect you?

"I'm a social and fiscal conservative who won't back down from a fight. I am pro-life, anti-tax, and brought $200 million in Route 28 improvements."

Web site:

www.delegateblack.com

E-mail address:

mail@delegateblack.com

David E. Poisson (D)

Age: 54

Residence: Sterling.

Education: BA, sociology, M.Ed., University of Massachusetts; PhD, education, JD, University of Arizona.

Occupation: President, Jenkins Hill Partners LLC; Of Counsel, Howe, Anderson & Steyer PC.

Elected offices/civic activities: Former member, Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association's transient occupancy tax review committee.

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

"The issue that affects everyone's quality of life in the 32nd District is transportation. We cannot continue the reactionary, patchwork approach of funding a new lane here, an extra few miles of road there. We must take a comprehensive approach, exploring thoroughly every possible part of the solution: a new Potomac River bridge crossing, Route 7 expansion, public/private partnerships and rail to Dulles, as well as encouraging businesses to allow their employees to telecommute. As delegate, I will consider all options and seek solutions that best meet the needs of our region."

Why should voters elect you?

"I have previous political experience. As a businessman, I am focused on results. As a husband and father, I understand how policy affects people's lives."

Web site:

www.poisson4delegate.com

E-mail address:

david.poisson@adelphia.net