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Ask the Candidates: Virginia's 11th Congressional District

Patch is collecting reader questions to be answered by candidates in Virginia's 11th Congressional District.

Are you concerned about transportation funding? Sequestration or federal government cutbacks? The environment? Traffic in Northern Virginia? The cost of health care?

Now is your chance to step up to the podium and get your questions answered.

As we approach November's election, we will be asking candidates for U.S. Congress in Virginia's 11th District - incumbent Gerry Connolly, Republican Chris Perkins, Independents Mark Gibson and Chris Decarlo, the Green Party's Joe Galdo and Independent Green Party candidate Peter Marchetti- to answer a Patch candidates' survey.

The survey will be driven by questions from you.

You can submit your questions in the comments section below this article, or email them to william.callahan@patch.com or erica.hendry@patch.com.

The deadline to submit a question is 11:59 p.m. Sept. 25. We'll review all the submissions, pass questions along to the candidates and come back with the answers in October.

Mark Desmarais September 19, 2012 at 05:35 PM
How do you intend to secure religious freedom for businessmen and women who the administration is currently forcing to violate their consciences through federally mandated purchases of contraceptives and abortion-inducing medications?
Susan Lider Hutson September 19, 2012 at 05:38 PM
- How will sequestration, which Connolly voted for, affect Northern Virginia? - Why does Connolly adamantly support Obamacare even though a majority of Americans do not want this law, putting government in between them and their doctors? - How do Perkins and Connolly differ on defense? - Why did Connolly, who claims to support seniors, vote for Obmacare, which takes $716 billion from Medicare by reducing payments to doctors, hospitals, nursing homes? - Government spending has increased significantly while Connolly has been in Congress. How would Perkins change that?
Uncle Smartypants September 19, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Rep Connolly - What is the deal with that mustache? I have very fond memories of the 70s too, but the 'stache has to go.
Amelie Krikorian September 20, 2012 at 09:39 PM
The No Child Left Behind Act has become a joke; so many states have gotten waivers and so many have waivers pending that it is hardly a federal mandate anymore. Which candidates are willing to support a repeal of this law? And what position do the candidates have on requiring students with special needs and individualized education plans to take the same SOLs as their age-peers, regardless on how far behind academically they might be?
Will Radle September 21, 2012 at 06:10 AM
What will you personally do in 2013 to ensure our nation recovers from the decades of irresponsible politicians who have put our future at great risk?
Truth Squad September 23, 2012 at 02:54 AM
OK, Gerry. You whined and demanded that Romney release his 2010 and 2011 tax returns. That's now done, though you still whine that Romney INCREASED his taxes paid by not claiming all the deductions he was entitled too. Can't win either way, I suppose. Well, now it's your turn. When will Gerry Connolly release his 2010 and 2011 income tax returns so the voters can take a look? Is Gerry Connolly going to be subject to a Harry Reid "he paid no taxes" allegation? Will we find out whether Gerry Connolly made any astute investments with big payoffs?
John Lovaas September 26, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Congressman Connolly, Do you support President Obama's proposal to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, that us, those making over $250,000 per year? Or not?
Laurie Dodd September 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Romney declined to take some deductions so that he did not get caught in a lie about never paying less than 13%, but he can file an amended return later to reclaim them. Yet he has said he would not pay more in taxes "than are legally due. And, frankly, if I had paid more than are legally due I don't think I'd be qualified to become president." Which is it? http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/romney-paid-required-raising-tax-rate-141-percent/story?id=17291504
Independent Voter October 13, 2012 at 02:46 AM
It is time to cut U.S. military spending to common sense levels. The U.S. could reduce military spending by 90 per cent and still spend more than any other nation on earth. It is time to break the addiction to to tax payer dollars of the big corporate fat cat military industrial billionaire welfare queens. Which of you has the courage to save America, and cut military spending now!?!

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