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Description: The House of Delegates has legislative power, with the Senate, to enact laws. Delegates serve a 2-year term and are eligible for re-election. The salary is $17,640 per year. A delegate must be at least 21 years old at the time of election and be a resident of the district he/she seeks to represent.

Candidates (choose 1):

David B. Albo

Party: Republican

Biographical info:

Address: 8108 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Phone: 703-451-3555

Website: davealbo.org

Education: West Springfield H.S., BA Economics UVA, Law Degree Univ. of Richmond

Age: 51

Occupation: Attorney Albo & Oblon, LLP

Experience: Delegate VA House of Delegates (1994-present), Prosecutor City of Fairfax (1990-1994), Guardian for Abused Children (1988-1995), Past President West Springfield Civic Association.

Questions:

Q: What are your views on Virginia’s current financial and gift disclosure laws for elected state officials and candidates; what changes, if any, would you support?

A: All gifts need to be posted on the internet just as campaign contributions presently are. Contrary to what one may think from reading the newspapers, it is already illegal to accept gifts in exchange for government action. There is a Delegate in prison right now for this. I hope this is proof enough that such behavior is already illegal and not tolerated.

Q: What legislation, if any, will you support to rebalance state and local resources and authority to provide critically needed community services, such as education and mental health?

A: I don’t understand what “rebalance state and local resources and authority” means. If you mean raise taxes, I am not for it. On Education: NOVA reps worked together to deliver $399 MORE per Fairfax student. On Mental Health, following the VA Tech killings, VA dedicated $30 Million more to mental health. I wrote the bill which closed the loophole that allowed the killer to acquire a gun. We then totally re-drafted VA’s mental health laws. If you have other ideas, I always listen!

Q: What improvements, if any, do you propose to the way the Commonwealth conducts redistricting?

A: We have a system now that the Founding Fathers set up. It may not be perfect, but I have not heard of another way that works better. For example, if you set up an independent body, who is independent? Anyone who votes has an opinion. Secondly, having an appointed body merely moves the politics from the legislature to the new body, and you can’t vote them out of office if you don’t like what they do. They answer to no one. Again, if you have an idea, I would love to discuss it.

Q: What is your legislative priority for the next General Assembly session?

A: Build/Re-pave/Widen roads. I helped draft the Transportation bill that delivers the money to do this, and guarantees that 100% of the money we pay stays in NOVA. I will continue to add in-state slots to our VA colleges, fight for our fair share of state education funds (this year we delivered $399 MORE for each Fairfax County kid), put child molesters in prison for life, and improve our economy and create jobs by reducing the size of government (we cut spending back to 2007 levels).



Ed R. Deitsch

Party: Democrat

Biographical Info:

Address: 7525 Wilderness Way, Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Phone: 703-201-2917

Website: www.edva42.com

Education: attended Penn Foster College for Veterinary Technicians

Age: 60

Occupation: 30 years managing commercial print and copy centers, owned two small businesses, veterinary technician 6 years

Experience: Vice-President of 4800 unit homeowners association for 6 years, 5 years mayoral appointee to city board,

Questions:

Q: What are your views on Virginia’s current financial and gift disclosure laws for elected state officials and candidates; what changes, if any, would you support?

A: We need to tighten up our laws immediately. All financial gifts must be disclosed on the first available reporting cycle. Any gift must be reported as an in kind donation.

Q: What legislation, if any, will you support to rebalance state and local resources and authority to provide critically needed community services, such as education and mental health?

A: We must stop using the general fund as the states ATM. The Governor recently spoke of a budget surplus, saying it was because of flat spending in the General Fund. That money needs to be reinvested into our schools. We are the fourth richest state in the union. We should not be proud that our Teacher’s pay ranks 50th.

Q: What improvements, if any, do you propose to the way the Commonwealth conducts redistricting?

A: Redistricting should not be done based on who is in power in Richmond. We need a non-partisan commission that takes into account population growth and changes in a specific region.

Q: What is your legislative priority for the next General Assembly session?

A: Protect a Women’s right to proper healthcare and to choose. Increase funding to our schools. Working on smart grid technology for our future energy needs.