Letter: Avis Renshaw, Leesburg

Editor: One of the pot-shots that Delegate Dave LaRock takes at his challenger, Tia Walbridge, in a campaign mailing I received this week is that she is a “sheep farmer,” while he is a “small business owner” (he’s a housing contractor).

The many farmers in Loudoun and Clarke counties (in which the 33rd district is located) have a question for Dave: What is it that they lack in order for him to consider them small business owners?

They own land, buildings and equipment, they have employees (or their whole families help run the farm operation), they make investments, they pay taxes, and they produce useful products which people buy: hay, grain, cattle, sheep, hogs, poultry, vegetables and fruits.

What they don’t do is take $15,000 a year in taxpayer funds allocated to run a constituent office and claim that their home in a remote area of rural Loudoun- is that office.

And most of those farmers would probably be eager to listen to and address the concerns of all constituents–however they make their living–instead of saying, like Dave has, that he didn’t need to because God tells him how to vote.

Dave, the current delegate for the 33rd district, is in the fourth year of the first and only elected office he has ever held. Many of the bills he introduces are rejected by his own party; his fellow Republicans do allow him to sign onto others (which, if they pass, he then claims to have been the originator of).

Dave would do well to pay attention to what an old farmer I know once told a Loudoun politician: “God gave you two ears and one mouth. That means you should listen twice as much as you talk.”

Avis Renshaw, Leesburg

3 thoughts on “Letter: Avis Renshaw, Leesburg

  • 2017-11-02 at 4:39 pm
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    Did you know Dave LaRock has a large family of 8?

    I do, but not because I’ve ever seen Dave out in public. Dave has skipped every debate he was ever invited to and he doesn’t bother responding to questionnaires submitted to candidates by groups offering endorsements. Last week he didn’t bother to show up at the 250th anniversary of the Goose Creek Meeting (I kinda think it’s cool that a house of worship has been here for 250 years and most of Dave’s fellow republican politicians must have agreed ’cause they came)

    I get glossy mailers showing Dave with his large family. Aside from reading of LaRock’s arrest when he took down the admittedly risqué sign advertising a neighbor’s store all I know about Dave is that he has a large family that he homeschooled and he wants to give tax dollars to those who do the same.

    I kinda think our tax dollars are limited and shouldn’t pay for homeschoolers or private education- I kinda hope Dave’s days are numbered.

  • 2017-11-02 at 4:46 pm
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    Does this mean you won’t bake him one of your favorite “Mom’s Apple Pies” if he wins? You can try and knock Dave, but he has been extremely successful as a Politician in his short career, especially after entering it late in life, and has been very active as a Delegate serving on numerous committees and gaining passage of many bills with his fellow delegates. Like Tia he has children, but five more than her, which you must know is more of a burden. Good luck to Tia, as if she is elected, based on her larger policies, we are in for one heck of a tax burden…..

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