LaRock defeats Daniel in 33rd District
WINCHESTER — Republican Dave LaRock will be the next 33rd District representative in the House of Delegates.
LaRock, 57, defeated Democrat Mary Costello Daniel, an attorney and Berryville Town Council member, and Libertarian Patrick Hagerty of Loudoun County in Tuesday’s election.
A general contractor from Hamilton, LaRock unseated longtime Del. Joe May, R-Leesburg, for the Republican nomination in the June 11 primary.
On Tuesday, he secured about 54 percent of the vote, according to complete but unofficial results from the State Board of Elections.
LaRock had 13,801 votes to Daniel’s 11,026 (around 43 percent) and Hagerty’s 871 (about 3 percent).
In Clarke County, LaRock had 1,756 votes (53 percent), Daniel had 1,470 (44 percent) and Hagerty 99 (3 percent).
In Frederick County, LaRock captured 2,834 votes, about 61 percent, while Daniel had 1,650, about 36 percent, and Hagerty 149, or 3 percent.
In Loudoun County, the largest part of the district, 9,211 residents, or about 52 percent of the ballots cast, voted for LaRock. About 44 percent, or 7,906, chose Daniel, and about 4 percent, or 623, selected Hagerty.
LaRock said he was “very thrilled” with the results.
“It’s been a long, hard effort,” he said. “We’re very glad to have it turn out positive and looking forward to going to work.
“I’m certainly going to have to get oriented. I’ve got a lot to learn. As I talked about during the campaign, I’m really going to make jobs and the economy a top priority. I would really like to get some things worked out here in Northern Virginia so that we’re improving our transportation. We have a lot of congestion out here. [We] need to fix that.”
LaRock was opposed to a bipartisan transportation plan adopted this year by the General Assembly.
In order to generate an additional $6 billion in transportation funding over the next five years, the state’s sales tax was increased 0.3 of a percentage point for most of Virginia, and 1 percentage point in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, where much of the additional revenue will be spent.
And instead of a gasoline tax, motorists are now taxed 3.5 percent on the wholesale price, which equates to about 10 to 11 cents per gallon, rather than the previous 17.5 cents per gallon.
LaRock said on Tuesday that he wants to make sure money raised in the district comes back to the district, and is spent wisely.
He said he was grateful to his campaign team.
“It’s a good solid conservative district, and I think people obviously want someone who embraces conservative principles, so we ran on those conservative Republican principles in the primary, and in the general election I think the message got across,” LaRock said.
Daniel declined to comment on Tuesday night. Hagerty could not be reached for comment.
LaRock’s two-year term in the 100-member House of Delegates will begin in January. He will be paid an annual salary of $17,640.
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