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Va.’s 33rd district candidates bring in competing endorsements

Candidates vying for the Virginia House’s 33rd District seat have earned influential political endorsements in recent days, as their campaigns head into the home stretch before the November general election.

On Monday, Democrat Mary Costello Daniel received the support of Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro, who holds a nonpartisan office and has supported both Democrat and Republican candidates in local elections in the past.

Daniel entered the race in June after Dave LaRock, a staunchly conservative newcomer, defeated longtime Republican incumbent Del. Joe T. May in a startling primary election upset. Prior to the June 11 primary, there was no Democrat on the ballot.

In a prepared statement Monday, Lazaro said he appreciated Daniel’s service as a local official on the Berryville Town Council.

“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,” he said. “Mary has the integrity, temperament and experience to serve the citizens of the 33rd District well.”

Daniel’s announcement came soon after LaRock secured the endorsement of Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va), who had previously supported May in the primary election.

“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 statement. “I wholeheartedly endorse Dave for the 33rd District, and ask all my supporters to vote for him on November 5.”

Veteran politician May has represented Virginia’s 33rd district – a vast territory that stretches from Leesburg to Winchester – for 20 years. Following his surprising defeat after a contentious primary battle, Daniel – a self-described moderate Democrat – said she felt compelled to enter the race to offer voters an alternative to LaRock.

Caitlin Gibson is a feature writer at The Washington Post.

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