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