Richard Lee Herron (IG)

Age: 56

Residence: Springfield.

Education: BA, English, University of Virginia at Wise; associate's degree, graphic design, Northern Virginia Community College.

Occupation: Owner, classicautorenderings.com.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Green Party ecology committee; member, Fairfax Arts Council.

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

"Lack of mass transit is the major issue facing Northern Virginia, but it is a symptom of what is wrong with the state and the country. It points to the fact that our education system suffers by not turning out enough world-class mathematicians and engineers, that we remain dependent on carbon-dioxide-emitting, gas-guzzling automobiles and that we are losing our technological edge to the Germans, Japanese, Chinese and other nations on the technologies of the future including maglev high-speed trains. Mass transit is inextricably linked to a clean environment, alternative energy and a healthy citizenry."

Why should voters elect you?

"Involvement with the Green Party and its ecology committee has given me the knowledge to help bring Virginia into a 21st-century alternative energy economy."

Web site:

www.votejoinrun.us

E-mail address:

classicautopicks@aol.com

Michael J. Meunier (R)

Age: 37

Residence: Bristow Village, Annandale.

Education: Associate's degree, Northern Virginia Community College; BS, mechanical engineering, Virginia Tech.

Occupation: Chief executive, Xtenfer Inc.

Elected offices/civic activities: Founder, Center for Freedom in the Middle East; founder, U.S. Copts Association; member, Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights; past president, National Society of Professional Engineers, Virginia Tech.

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

"Traffic congestion on our roadways affects us all, hurting our economy and stealing time from our families. Northern Virginia needs to speak as one voice to get the funding we need, and we haven't been doing it. I will reach across the aisle to work with members of both parties to solve our transportation issues. Also, our money must be spent wisely. We need to overhaul VDOT and inject new ideas into transportation planning. I support creative ideas like HOT lanes, widening current roads, bus rapid transit and pre-placed emergency teams to deal with traffic accidents quickly."

Why should voters elect you?

"Our taxes are too high and keep increasing, our transportation woes have gotten worse and gang violence is on the rise. It's time for a change."

Web site:

www.michaelmeunier.com

E-mail address:

mike@michaelmeunier.com

Vivian E. Watts (D)*

Age: 65

Residence: Truro.

Education: BA, English, University of Michigan.

Occupation: Retired, executive director, Fairfax Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Virginia House of Delegates, 1996-present; Virginia secretary of transportation and public safety, 1986-90; member, Virginia House of Delegates, 1982-85; member, Board of Veterans Services, Salvation Army Advisory Council, Fairfax Arts Council, Annandale Rotary; former member, Washington Council of Governments Growth and Transportation Task Force; past chairman, Virginia Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee, Fairfax County Fiscal Commission, school bond referendum; former trustee, Virginia Museum of Natural History; past president, League of Women Voters, Wakefield Forest PTA.

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

"Many household budgets have been stretched thin by five years of large property assessment increases without equal decreases in the tax rate. I support a homestead exemption to reduce the tax rate on all owner-occupied homes by 20 percent; however, I oppose a simple cap on the increases because hot properties get a much bigger benefit, creating an unfair tax advantage that grows every year. I'll continue to fight for more state school funds. In 2004, my efforts changed the formula for the first time in over two decades to give Fairfax at least $14 million more annually."

Why should voters elect you?

"I work hard to listen to all sides, ask tough questions, seek critical information and think through the future results of any decision before me."

Web site:

www.vivianwatts.com

E-mail address:

vwatts@erols.com