Greater Greater Washington's volunteer Elections Committee has been writing about some of the races we are following in Northern Virginia for the June 11 primary. Now, we are sending a questionnaire to candidates in the competitive races for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, select General Assembly races, and the Arlington/Falls Church Commonwealth Attorney.
As we did last year, we also wanted to let you see the questions. If you're running in one of those races and we haven't contacted you, please feel free to fill out the questionnaire here. Thoughts? Post them in the comments.
Questions for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
We are sending these questions to candidates for Chairman and in the Braddock, Hunter Mill, Lee, and Providence districts, which currently have competitive primaries.
- Who do you think has the hardest time finding housing that’s affordable to them in Fairfax County, and what steps do you plan to take to address that need?
- Would you champion increasing housing diversity in parts of the county which have fewer lower-income residents than the entire county and Washington region as a whole? Why or why not?
- How do you reconcile the need to provide housing affordability in the parts of your district [or for chairman: the county] with good transit with some other people’s stated desire to slow development?
- Fairfax County has been pushing for walkable, transit-accessible communities to meet demand and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. Would you continue this trend, and where in your district [for chairman: the county] would you emphasize this? If not, why not?
- What are the top three transportation priorities you have for your district [or for chairman: the county]? Tell us why and the revenue source (including any new revenue sources you’d champion).
- Fairfax County is one of the few area jurisdictions that has not adopted Vision Zero. Given the high number of people who die or are seriously injured while moving around in Fairfax, what would you advocate to ensure safety for everyone even though Fairfax DOT has to work with VDOT to make changes in Fairfax’s transportation network?
Questions for General Assembly
We are sending these questions to candidates in the 40th and 49th House districts and the 13th, 31st, and 35th Senate districts.
- How do you see the transportation network changing to deal with growth in the region and increased numbers of trips? Specifically, what role do you see for transit, bicycling, and walking in the transportation network?
- Do you support adding transportation revenue to replace the loss to Northern Virginia from the 2017 Metro funding increase deal? If so, what new sources of revenue would you support and what types of projects would you like to see prioritized for the funding?
- Given the growth in jobs and population in the region, what legislation would you champion to support the provision of more affordable housing in your district? How would you address housing supply across the cost spectrum?
Questions for Arlington/Falls Church Commonwealth Attorney
- As more people in Arlington and Falls Church use a variety of transportation options, how would you ensure accountability among the varied users of our transportation network?
- Under what circumstances should a driving license be revoked or suspended?
- What role should the Commonwealth Attorney’s office have in furthering the goals of Vision Zero? How would you ensure calls for increased enforcement of traffic laws do not discriminate against people of color?
We are asking candidates to complete the questionnaires by April 1, and will post responses sometime in April, followed by our analysis.