November 8, 2005
Election Day is upon us and in an effort to sway those undecided voters, GOP candidate for the 57th District seat in the House of Delegates, Tom McCrystal, shared his ideas on Good Morning Charlottesville.
McCrystal addressed the issue of an education achievement gap in Charlottesville, saying there is basically two different school systems in the city, one that is one of the best in of the world, and one that is not.
He promised, as delegate, to focus on making math and science curricula more engaging for students. He believes the district's scores need to improve greatly.
On the issue of rising gas and heating prices, the candidate said there are programs out there to help those who cannot pay the spiking prices.
He called upon those with extra money in their pockets to donate some money to such programs as Charlottesville's heating assistance and Dominion's energy share.
He does not think, however, that raising taxes is a way to help cushion the financial blow.
McCrystal said the city has lost 2,400 or 2,500 jobs over the past five years because Charlottesville's leaders have not been "business friendly."
One way of doing this, is "getting government out of the way of small business." As a small business owner himself, he believes companies, such as his own, are key to keeping the city's economy growing.
McCrystal is running against democratic candidate David Toscano.