BALLSTON-VIRGINIA SQUARE

Civic Association Newsletter

October/November 1997 - Volume 21, No. 1



PANEL 2 -- Commonwealth of Virginia's House of Delegates 48th District Office Candidates

For the second panel, for the Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association's (BVSCA's) Candidates Night meeting on Wednesday, October 29, 1997, at 8:15 p.m., at the Fairfax/Wilson/Glebe Room, Holiday Inn at Ballston, 4610 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia, we will hear from the three candidates for the House of Delegates 48th District Office--Bob Brink (D), John Massoud (R), and Richard D. "Dick" Smith (Reform). The following background information was provided by the candidates at the Association's request to assist you in learning more about the candidates and their views. The Association asked that the candidate responses be limited to 500 words or less.

Statement of Bob Brink (D)

Candidate for the House of Delegates 48th District Office

October 1997

Dear Friend:

I am running to succeed Judy Connally in the Virginia House of Delegates for the 48th District because I want to continue the tradition of committed and effective leadership in Richmond that has benefited Arlington and Northern Virginia in so many ways.

I am a long-time Arlingtonian -- Debby and I have lived here since 1978, and our children David and Eliza have attended Glebe, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. My involvement in school and other community activities includes leadership on two school bond campaigns and membership on the Transportation Commission, Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee, and other advisory groups.

Through this participation, I understand our community's values and concerns. In education, I am committed to preserving our tradition of first-class public schools, from kindergarten to higher education -- by promoting the highest academic standards, with help for kids and schools that aren't making the grade; keeping up with state-of-the-art technology to educate the workforce of the 21st Century; and providing the resources to make our schools the best in the nation.

In the environment, we must ensure that the laws protecting our air and water are carefully written and vigorously enforced -- by committing to the cleanup of the Chesapeake and its tributaries; policing large-scale commercial operations, including landfills and agribusiness, to keep them from harming the environment; and ensuring that we maintain a balanced transportation system, including mass transit, that moves people and goods efficiently while protecting the environment.

In public safety, state and local law enforcement officials must have the tools they need to protect us in our schools and neighborhoods, and on our streets and highways -- by encouraging community policing efforts such as the CBPOP program that will shortly be established in Ballston, fighting juvenile crime and gang violence, cracking down on aggressive drivers, and promoting tough and effective prevention measures that stop crime before it happens.

Finally, on issues of personal freedom, I will join Arlington's legislative delegation in defending freedom of choice, and in fighting to protect all our citizens from the fear of domestic violence and bias-motivated crime.

I believe that my professional background will enable me to provide leadership in Richmond from the very start. After 15 years as a legislative staff member on Capitol Hill, in 1993 I was appointed by President Clinton as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice. After 3-1/2 years in that position, this year I took early retirement and served as Lt. Governor Don Beyer's Legislative Counsel during the 1997 session of the General Assembly in Richmond.

I ask for your vote on November 4, and I look forward to serving you in the House of Delegates.

Sincerely,

Bob Brink

PANEL 2 -- Statement of John Massoud (R)

Candidate for the House of Delegates 48th District Office

Good evening:

For those of you who do not know me, my name is John Massoud, and I am running for the 48th District seat to the Virginia House of Delegates. I was born and raised in Arlington, and have lived my entire life inside this District or on its very borders. I feel I know this area well.

Sadly, our local government no longer takes into account the concerns of We the People, and this is why I am running. It is time for a change.

Make no mistake about it, the Personal Property tax must go, and it must go now. It is an attack on working families, and because it forces people to drive older, less air-friendly vehicles, the car tax is an attack on the air that our children breathe.

But there are other issues that must be discussed. We are not educating our children properly. Arlington has the highest spending per student in the Commonwealth, and currently 35 to 40 percent of our grade school children can not read at their grade level. I want to add 4,000 more elementary school teachers across the state, and re-direct our priorities so that the money we spend gets into the classroom, not into more wasteful spending programs.

For years, politicians talk about getting tough on criminals. I think that the laws currently on the books are sufficient, if we only had judges who understood that a judge must not only uphold the rights of the accused, but also of the victim of the crime. I want to see judges be appointed based on qualifications to serve, not based on how much they contribute to a political party.

Each November, we citizens of the United States and of Arlington are allowed to take part in democracy, and in what our future will be. This is one of our most important rights, and I ask that you exercise your right on November 4, and vote for John Massoud.

PANEL 2 -- Statement of Richard D. "Dick" Smith (Reform)

Candidate for the House of Delegates 48th District Office

PERSONAL

Born October 15, 1935 in McKees Rocks, PA, a small town bordering Pittsburgh. Son of a railroad worker and a postal worker. Arlington resident since October, 1963, owner of own home in three different neighborhoods. Married Arlene in 1961; son and daughter educated in Arlington public and private schools; two grandchildren. Began civic activity in 1965 and public activity in 1992.

EDUCATION

High school graduate; National Honor Society; lettered in football. Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, 1957 - U. of Pittsburgh; carried 21 or more credits 1st two years, Air Force ROTC, wrestling; 2nd two years was an Engineer's Week activist, writing/recording the EE Dept constructed robot speech greeting visitors to the Dept's displays, Chaired the Committee for St. Patrick's arrival on campus in a horse-drawn Conestoga wagon and was "knighted" by St. Patrick at the Shamrock Ball.

WORK HISTORY

Pre-College-Delivered newspapers via bicycle and delivered baked goods from a panel truck; set-up bowling pins; movie theater usher and concessionaire; house and display signs Statement of Richard D. "Dick" Smith (Reform) (Cont'd) painter. During College-Grocery clerk; Post office mail handler; and Cindersnapper on a blast furnace.

Post-College-Began career as Patent Examiner with U.S. Patent Office; in 1980, became Patent Researcher with an aircraft manufacturing and aerospace association in Rockefeller Center (Manhattan, New York City) and rose to head the electrical section in both the D.C. and Arlington offices; founded a five-game line of children's education games company in 1988 while still working full-time in the Arlington office, and started own Patent firm in 1975. Retired in 1996.

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

Arlington Jaycees Sparkplug recipient; Chaired in 1967 the Virginia state award winning TWO-HOUR COMMUNITY SURVEY and rose to Jaycee Northern Virginia Regional Secretary; became involved, 1992, in the Ross Perot reform movement. Co-chaired the first major Northern Virginia rally at Ticonderoga Farm, and became UWSA and Reform Party Arlington Chair, 8th Congressional District Secretary/Treasurer, Central Committee representative and Convention delegate.

MEMBERSHIPS

Planned Parenthood since 1983; Whitman-Walker Clinic since 1994; Committee of 100; Sierra Club; Nature Conservancy; Arlington League of Women Voters; and U.S. Naval Institute.

SPECIAL INTERESTS AND INTERESTING ACHIEVEMENTS

Aeronautics; Environment; Health; History; Sports; Urban Planning; and Problem Solving. Issued seven U.S. patents; overcame effects of Tourette Syndrome (a neurological ailment involving involuntary body movements (tics) coupled with involuntary vocalizations.

GOALS

To provide a reasoned, non-partisan voice in the Virginia House of Delegates, especially with regard to: CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM; EDUCATION REFORM; TAX REFORM; and ENVIRONMENTAL REFORM.

3113 N. Inglewood Street * Arlington, VA 22207

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