Democratic candidate in the House of Delegates 33rd District race Mary Daniel earned a high-profile endorsement today with Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro backing her candidacy.
Daniel, an attorney and member of the Berryville Town Council, is squaring off against conservative Dave LaRock in the Nov. 5 election. LaRock defeated 20-year incumbent Del. Joe May in June's Republican primary.
Lazaro, a moderate who was elected mayor in a nonpartisan election, has publicly endorsed Republican and Democratic candidates in past years.
"I am pleased to express my full support for Mary Daniel as our next delegate for the 33rd District,” Lazaro said in a prepared statement. “As a local government official herself, Mary understands firsthand how the relationship between state and local government is a partnership on such important issues as job creation, transportation, and protecting our quality of life and environment. Mary also knows the impact of state mandates on local governments, and will fight to ensure local taxpayers don't foot the bill for Richmond's regulations.”
Lazaro's announcement comes less than a week after the LaRock campaign nabbed a big-name endorsement of its own. U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.-10th), who has held his seat in Congress for more than 30 years, announced his endorsement of LaRock at a Sept. 5 local fundraiser.
“Dave LaRock is a successful small businessman who cares about our economy and knows how to create jobs by encouraging business growth,” Wolf said in a prepared statement. “I wholeheartedly endorse Dave for the 33rd District, and ask all my supporters to vote for him on November 5.”
Ironically, Wolf is one Republican who Lazaro has endorsed in the past.
Virginia's Republican-leaning 33rd House District is made up predominately of western Loudoun County. Of the district's more than 51,000 voters, approximately 34,000 are in Loudoun, nearly 12,000 reside in Frederick County and more than 6,500 live in Clarke County.