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for: House Of Delegates 39th District, Virginia
November 5, 2013 Virginia General Election
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The report below lists the candidate responses to issue questions and biographical information. The responses were provided by Vivian E. Watts and Joe G. Bury or were obtained from their websites. The candidates select the issues and questions for which they want to provide a response. The first link is a report of all the issues and questions made available to the candidates. Many issues and questions had no responses - links are only provided where we have information. If there are many candidates for this office, you may have to scroll down to compare all responses.
Biographical Vivian E. Watts* - D


Joe G. Bury - R


Age: 74  
General: (goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

As a resident of the 39th District for over 30 years, I've worked with many dedicated citizens to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods, in Fairfax County, and in Virginia. Each year, I take on the challenge of bringing these issues and your concerns to the General Assembly. I am proud to have raised my family and lived in the 39th District for over 30 years. I've worked hard in my local PTA and neighborhood, in community service clubs and civic organizations, and on many citizen studies and task forces to make Fairfax County a great place to live. As your Delegate, and as a former Secretary for Transportation and Public Safety I have worked hard to improve the quality of life in Fairfax County and in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Joe Bury for Delegate is a campaign for Change; yet the word "change", is not a new word in Joe's vocabulary. Joe has been a Community Activist since 1997, having served on numerous Boards and Commissions in the Northern Virginia area, including his Homeowners? Association.

Personal: (gender, age, marital status, spouse, children, residence)

Born 1940; married since 1960; children born in 1962 and 1965; 4 grandsons; Virginia resident since 1963.

Joe was born to first-generation Slovak and Polish-American parents and raised in the rural community of Roscoe; a former steel-and-coal town located approximately 40-miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Joe met his wife, Carla Menares Bury, in Alexandria in January of 1994. The couple was married in April 1996. Joe often quips, as he reminds his son Joseph and daughter Gabriela, that the most important decision he ever made was marrying his wife. After getting that right, everything else, followed.

Education: (schools, colleges, major, degrees)

B.A. cum laude, University of Michigan, 1962; English major with minors in Mathematics and Psychology

National Merit Scholar and Valedictorian, Trenton ( Michigan) High School

Bury has a bachelor's degree in English from University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. in Management Systems & Cybernetics from George Washington University.

Profession: (profession,work experience outside politics)


Researched issues with potential impact on state/local government financial management, i.e. Garcia, insurance liability, customs clearance, court records computerization, client tracking, etc.


Responsibility for Procurement Conference, payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, electric power generation.


Tracked state budget and pension reform and developed over 25 statistically accurate redistricting plans.

Bury works as the owner, principal, and as a consultant at Joseph Bury Marketing.

Military: (branch, service, active duty, rank, honors, discharge)  

Shortly after securing a Department of Defense "Secret" Security Clearance in the fall of 2007, Joe began working for a major Government Contractor on a Joint Forces Systems Engineering Project; moving over to a U.S. Army National Guard and Reserves Program where he has worked since last fall.

Civic: (organizations, charities)


As Director or Research and Legislation provided research and strategy support for taxation, economic development, and transportation.


Directed comprehensive review of tax structure, intergovernmental revenues, budget and appraisal procedures, including compilation and editing of 125-page report.


Developed evaluation framework for school closings and produced 40-page report.


President (1975-77) of 600 member organization.

As Fiscal Chair authored "Alternatives to the Real Estate Tax" and " Fairfax County's Tax Base".

Arts Council of Fairfax County, Advisory Panel (2001- )

Advisory Council, Salvation Army Northern Virginia Adult Rehabilitation Center (1993- )

Advisory Committee to the Court Appointed Special Advocates (1994-98) and Children's Justice Act Programs

Board, Annandale Rotary (1994-96)

Board of Trustees, Virginia Museum of Natural History (1992-96)

Chair, Virginia Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee (1992-94)

Board of Directors, Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia (1991-97)

Citizen Advisory Committee, Northern Virginia Transportation Coordinating Council (1990-94)

Public Member, National Council of Engineering Specialty Boards (1991-94)

Task Force on Growth and Transportation, Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments (1990-93)

Member, Washington Board of Trade Transportation Committee (1990-93)

Virginia Vice-Chairman, DO IT Coalition (1990-92)

National Academy of Public Administration Advisory Panel on Department of Transportation National Transportation Policy (1990-91)

Executive Boards, Fairfax-Falls Church and National Capitol United Way (1978-92)

National Board, Women Executives in State Government (1986-87)

Board and Founding member (1977) of Fairfax County Committee of 100

Board, Girl Scout Council of the Nati [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Joe served on the City of Alexandria's Commission on Persons with Disabilities and Community Services Board during the mid and late '90s. After moving to Springfield with his wife, two weeks after "9-11", Joe became active in the Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC) and began serving as Garfield Precinct Captain in Lee District, a position he still holds. Joe also became involved in his Homeowners' Association (HOA) and later served as Board President. Over the past six years Joe has been appointed by both Republicans and Democrats alike, to numerous committees and boards associated with the Fairfax County Public Schools System:

Adult & Community Education Committee;

Career & Technical Education Advisory Committee;

Superintendent's Business & Community Advisory Council; and

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee.

Political: (offices held)


Committee Assignments: Courts of Justice; Finance; and Science & Technology. Prior Assignments: Health, Welfare & Institutions 1996-04; Chesapeake and Its Tributaries 1996-02; Labor 1996-00

Current Legislative Appointments include: Board of Veteran Services, Governor's Biotechnology Advisory Board, Subcommittee Studying Virginia's Land Conservation Tax Credit. Prior Appointments include: Criminal Justice Services Board; Chair, Victim Witness Advisory Committee; Commission on Northern Virginia Regional Transportation Authority; Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits; Child Support Review Panel.


Executive Director of non-profit serving over 650 children in abuse and neglect cases annually.


Author of two books on Criminal Justice through U.S. Department of Justice grant.


Clients included National Institute of Corrections, National League of Cities, Arthur Anderson Consulting, Ernst & Young, and National Association of Public Administration.


State Agencies under Secretariat:

Transportation, Corrections, State Police, Motor Vehicles, Alcoholic Beverage Control, Correctional Education, Military Affairs, Emergency Services, Criminal Justice Services, Parole Board, Aviation, Fire Programs, Alcohol Safety Action Program, Commonwealth's Attorneys Services, (Virginia Port Authority prior to 7/88).

Exercised budgetary and legislative oversight for

29,395 employees, $2.77 billion in annual operating funds, and $100 million annually in building construction, and addition to highway and transit construction.

Major Secretarial initiatives

Gained legislative approval of 1/2 billion dollar annual state transportation revenue increase;

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Religion: (religious affiliations and beliefs)


The Burys belong to St. Raymond of Penafort Roman Catholic Church in Springfield, where Joe has been a Lector/Reader for the past several years.

Accomplishments: (awards, achievements)


Northern Virginia Technology Council "Champion of Technology" (1999)

Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court "Kassabian Award" (2004)

Sheriff Association's "Outstanding Legislator" (2003)

Human Services Coalition "Outstanding Elected Official" (2002)

Northern Virginia Technology Council "Champion of Technology (1999)

Virginia Network for Victims and Witnesses of Crime Outstanding Service Award (1999, 1997)

First "Honorary Member of the Fairfax County Police Child Services Unit" (1999)

Lossie J. Tucker Meritorious Service Award (1994)

Tysons Rotary Citizen of the Year (1987)

Annandale Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year (1986)

Founding member of Fairfax County Committee of 100

Washington Post "Citizen of the Year" (1977)

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