Robert S. Belman *

Age: 48

Residence: Falmouth.

Education: AA, business administration and marketing, National Business College, Roanoke.

Occupation: Realtor, Century 21 Team.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Stafford School Board, Falmouth District, 2002-present; member, Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, Fredericksburg Elks Lodge

875 and Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge 4, Edward H Cann Daylight Lodge

1752.

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

"Delivering an A+ education to all students from K through 12 in one of the fastest-growing communities in the nation without taking the food off the tables of Stafford's hardworking families. We need to: provide higher wages to our school staff, without raising local taxes, by bringing the 'cost of competing' program to Stafford; encourage cost-saving measures throughout the school system; adopt program- and site-based budgeting and more rigourous accounting practices to ensure taxpayers' money is going where it is needed the most; and embrace outside-the-box thinking when it comes to school design and constuction."

Why should voters elect you?

"The number one priority as an elected official is to represent the people. I have accomplished that in my first term and will continue."

Web site:

www.RobertBelman.com

E-mail address:

RobertBelman@Cox.net

Bruce W. Saller

Age: 52

Residence: Falmouth.

Education: BS, electrical engineering, Lehigh University; pursuing MS, computer science, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Occupation: Electrical engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren division.

Elected offices/civic activities: Former treasurer and board member, Stafford High School Athletic Boosters; former treasurer and board member, Pleasant Valley Swim Club; treasurer and board member, Clearview Heights Civic Association; former member, Knights of Columbus; former member, St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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

"Providing a great education for our children, in the face of significant enrollment growth. Each year about 1,000 additional students enter the county's public schools. The county is currently building or planning to build seven additional schools within the next four years. In addition, Stafford County must hire approximately 100 new teachers each year to staff these schools. Hiring quality teachers and staff is becoming increasingly difficult due to skyrocketing housing costs. The hiring and retention of excellent teachers and staff, along with ensuring their appropriate compensation, is critical to maintaining our quality schools."

Why should voters elect you?

"To bring independent, fiscally responsible, team-building leadership to the School Board and eliminate crowded schools, risky schemes, upset school employees and wasted taxpayer money."

Web site:

www.brucesaller.com

E-mail address:

saller2005@cox.net