Thomas Davis Rust (R)* *
Education: BS, science and engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; MS, public works engineering, George Washington University; master's in planning, urban and environmental planning, University of Virginia.
Occupation: Member, Virginia House of Delegates; chairman, Patton Harris Rust & Associates PC.
Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Virginia House of Delegates, 2002-present; mayor, Herndon, 1976-84 and 1990-01; member, Herndon Town Council, 1971-76; former member, Herndon Planning Commission, Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, Northern Virginia Community Foundation, Fairfax-Falls Church United Way; commissioner and former chairman, Northern Virginia Planning District; former vice rector, Virginia Tech Board of Visitors; former member, General Assembly Joint Commission on Technology and Science.
What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction?
"The most important problem facing Northern Virginia is transportation. I will continue to support initiatives to increase funding for transportation projects in Northern Virginia. I chair the House Transportation Subcommittee on revising the funding formula and will continue to submit legislation in this regard. I also support using the state insurance premium tax to fund transportation projects. I have also supported creative funding proposals such as public-private partnerships and HOT lanes."
Why should voters elect you?
"I have 30 years' service on the Herndon Town Council, as mayor and in the House of Delegates. My door is open to all constituents."