Robert F. 'Bob' McDonnell (R)

Age: 51

Residence: Virginia Beach.

Education: BA, business management, University of Notre Dame; MS, business administration, Boston University; MA, public policy, Regent University; JD, Regent University.

Occupation: State delegate; lawyer, Huff, Poole & Mahoney; retired lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Virginia House of Delegates, 1992-present; assistant majority leader, 2002-present; chairman, House Courts of Justice Committee; board of advisers, Salvation Army; board of directors, Earning by Learning Foundation; board of directors, Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge; co-chairman, Governor's Business Ambassadors for Welfare Reform; co-founder and president, Virginia Beach Student Leadership Forum; board of directors, Virginia Beach Friends of the Juvenile Court; member, Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

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

"Public safety is the most important issue for the attorney general. I helped lead some of the most significant reforms in Virginia's recent history, including abolishing parole, establishing truth in sentencing, revamping our drunken driving laws, toughening drug distribution laws (SABRE legislative package) and establishing Project Exile to crack down on the illegal use of guns. As attorney general, I will work to protect Virginia's residents from terrorist attacks, drug dealers and sexual predators who put our children at risk. I will also work for transportation infrastructure improvements that are important to the military and terrorism preparedness."

Why should voters elect you?

"I have experience as a prosecutor, veteran, businessman and legislator. My priorities are to keep Virginians safe from terrorists, drug dealers and sexual predators."

Web site:

www.bobmcdonnell.com

E-mail address:

campaign@bobmcdonnell.com

R. Creigh Deeds (D)

Age: 47

Residence: Millboro.

Education: BA, Concord College; JD, Wake Forest University.

Occupation: Lawyer.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Virginia Senate, 2001-present; member, Virginia House of Delegates; commonwealth's attorney, Bath County; member, Millboro Presbyterian Church; member, Millboro Ruritan Club; member, Millboro Masonic Lodge; member, Frontier Culture Museum Board of Trustees.

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

"The most important job of the next attorney general will be to keep Virginia safe and secure. My experience as a prosecutor and legislator has taught me that you can't be tough on crime and cheap on crime. That's why I was proud to work with Gov. Warner and a bipartisan coalition in the General Assembly to make necessary investments in public safety. But there's more work to do. As attorney general, I will continue the progress we've achieved under Gov. Warner to make Virginia an even safer, more secure place to call home."

Why should voters elect you?

"I have the values, the experience and the vision to keep us safe and secure and lead Virginia forward as the next attorney general."

Web site:

www.creighdeeds.com

E-mail address:

info@creighdeeds.com