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I-66 tolls, Haymarket power line at center of Bob Marshall reelection campaign

Robert G. “Bob” Marshall is running to keep his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. 

The Republican has held the seat since 1992, and has a reputation for being one of the most outspoken members of the Virginia General Assembly.

Potomac Local sent a questionnaire to Marshall and he sent us the responses below: 

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PL: What are the top three major issues facing the district you wish to represent?


Marshall: 1. Exorbitant Tolls proposed for I-66.

2. 110 foot high electric power towers proposed for residential areas never slated to have electric lines on their property.

3. Addressing traffic on Route 28 through Manassas Park and Yorkshire, from Manassas to Fairfax County line.

PL: What concrete solutions do you propose to address these issues?


Marshall:  1. I will introduce a budget amendment to prevent Governor McAuliffe from imposing $17/day ($4,000 a year) hot lane tolls inside beltway

2. I will join a lawsuit to prevent construction of an overhead only power line and remove tax incentives for data centers which seek to locate outside of industrial areas that already have required infrastructure.

3. Continue to appeal to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, to the Prince William County Supervisors, and the General Assembly money committees to allocate funds to improve Route 28 by reversing the middle lane during rush hours to provide an extra lane for traffic.

PL: From your prospective, what is the job description of the office you’re seeking?

Marshall: My job entails going to bat for constituents, representing them before state agencies as I have done for the past 24 years, soliciting their input for legislative proposals, etc. I keep in mind the people I represent in every vote I cast in the General Assembly, asking myself, “How will this affect my constituents?” I see my role as advocating for tax payers, not cozying up to special interests.

PL: What expertise will you bring to the office?

Marshall: My expertise consists of 24 years of experience serving as 13th District Delegate in the Virginia General Assembly. My background researching major public policy and legal issues has given me the ability to quickly understand legislation.

My past experience as a teacher helped me with public speaking skills, listening, answering questions, and relaying information to citizens. I have a record for promoting transparency and accountability in government.

PL: Do you feel that the average citizen is well-informed and understands the workings of local government? If not, how do you intend on improving communication with your constituency?

Marshall: I send out newsletters and other letters to inform the people who live in the 13th District of important issues. For example, I have been trying to let the people know about the proposed hot lane tolls on I-66.

I have actively worked against the proposed electric power towers in western Prince William. I publicize my cell phone (703-853-4213) so that citizens can reach me readily. I walk door-to-door as much as possible to meet voters and answer questions they may have.


PL: Have you ever made any mistakes in your public life? How have they effected you?


Marshall: Everyone makes mistakes. Mistakes help you learn valuable life lessons.

PL: Our readers want leaders in local government. Why should they vote for you? 


Marshall: I say what I mean, I do what I say, and even people who may disagree with some of my positions know they can trust me. 

Candidate Profile

Candidate Name

Robert G. Marshall

Contact Information



Candidate Stats

I’m running for:

  • House of Delegates, 13th District


  • Republican


  • Public Policy Research and Photography


  • Montgomery Junior College
  • Maryland University
  • Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, North Carolina
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills

Community involvement:

  • Co-Chaired Citizens for a Trans County Parkway which recommended building a new east/west parkway, the Prince William Parkway, instead of widening existing Davis Ford Rd.
  • Member, Knights of Columbus, George Brent Council, Manassas, VA
  • Member, All Saints Catholic Church
  • Member, Prince William County Republican Committee
  • Active in “” which was organized to protect communities in Western Prince William from miles of 110 foot high overhead power lines to serve Amazon
  • Sued and won 7-0 in Virginia’s Supreme Court, on behalf of taxpayers against a 2007 law which set up unelected taxing authorities; involvement in school sporting events
  • Chaired General Assembly Stem Cell Study Committee for three years.