Business consultant Paul Siker announced Monday that he plans to seek the Democratic nomination for the 33rd District House of Delegates seat.
Siker, who lives in Waterford, is vying for the seat currently held by Del. Dave LaRock (R-33rd), who has come under fire for questioning the recent presidential election and his response to the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. LaRock has held the seat since January 2014. All 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates, including LaRock’s, are up for election in November.
“I’m a seasoned entrepreneur, small business owner, engaged community volunteer and non-profit board member,” Siker said Monday in a statement. “I’m running for the House of Delegates because residents in western Loudoun, Clarke, and Frederick counties deserve significantly better representation in the General Assembly.”
Siker said his priorities will include expanding the district’s rural economy and providing incentives for preservation initiatives as well as addressing transportation issues such as the Dulles Greenway and the Route 15 corridor. He also wants to ensure the county maintains its top-tier public schools, invests in rural broadband infrastructure, and pursues green energy and environment-friendly intiatives.
Siker, a recruitment and talent acquisition expert, said he has extensive experience in the technology, health care, and nonprofit sectors.
A self-described fiscal conservative and social moderate, Siker said he briefly belonged to the Loudoun County Republican Committee 15 years ago.
“Today, I am proudly running as a Democrat,” he said. “I believe in principled, transparent, and character-based leadership. I believe all people should be treated with respect and dignity. I believe that we must talk to one another, not at one another.”
Siker has also volunteered with such groups as the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter and the Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.
The proceeds from his 200-plus blueberry bushes help organizations like Nothing But Nets, a group that protects children from mosquito-borne illnesses, and youth mission efforts at Catoctin Presbyterian Church in Waterford.
“To residents in the HOD 33rd District, I look forward to meeting and speaking with you in the coming months and to demonstrating what quality representation can mean to our community. I hope to earn your support,” he said.
Siker was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a 33-year resident of Loudoun County. He has lived the last 26 years in Waterford. He is married to his wife Joni, a former county school counselor, and has two grown sons who live in Northern Virginia.
LaRock is serving his fourth term after defeating Mavis Taintor (D) by 14 percentage points in 2019. The 33rd District includes parts of Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick counties.