“I didn’t see that we have any choice but to address those projects and [maintenance needs],” he said. “I don’t want to be the legislator who voted ‘no’ for repairing bridges that might jeopardize the life and well-being of our constituents.”
LaRock counters that there should be a more financially efficient way to determine top-priority transportation projects. He also said that Northern Virginians will pay too much in taxes for projects that don’t benefit them. “There needs to be a ranking system for transportation issues, to focus on congestion relief and things like improving safety and reducing pollution,” he said. “Currently, I think it’s done rather arbitrarily, and a lot of money goes to pet projects around the state.”
Elizabeth Smith, a Purcellville retiree who recently hosted a neighborhood meet-and-greet for LaRock, said she was not impressed by May’s vote for transportation legislation.
“I like [LaRock’s] perspective that government is big and unwieldy and taxes are too high,” she said. “I never really thought of May as a conservative.”
During a round of door-to-door campaigning on a recent evening in Leesburg, May expressed confidence in his ability to connect with a broader range of voters.
Dan Wolfe, a registered Democrat and self-described moderate, spoke at length with May about the need for economic growth.
“We definitely need businesses working, we need jobs,” Wolfe said. He told the delegate that he would give him serious consideration, adding that he would prefer to support a moderate candidate rather than one who would encourage “political polarization” — implying May’s opponent.
But LaRock likes his chances in Tuesday’s primary.
“Before the big tax increase was passed by the legislature, you know, people told me this was impossible,” he said. “But having people react to that tax increase, and reacting to [May’s] voting record, I’m very optimistic. I think that this will turn to our benefit.”