Former Dumfries Town Councilman Rafael Lopez kicked off his race to succeed Del. Jeff Frederick representing the 52nd Dist. on Saturday at Tiziano’s restaurant (just a stone’s throw across the street from the workplace of his Dem opponent, Pastor Luke Torian.) The event was a rousing success with nearly $5,000 raised so far through it (and almost $2,000 of that collected at the door.) Lopez is off to a great start and people are responding strongly to his positive, issue oriented campaign that is determined to improve the quality of life for the people in the 52nd Dist.
Meanwhile, Torian’s supporters are already getting down in the mud, calling Lopez:
“A 26 year old arrogant punk, who works as a network engineer and is unable to make time to meet his campaign obligations. He simply isn’t ready to step up to the job of Delegate.”
Where do these people get these claims from? They got his age wrong — he is in his 30s. They refer to a married father of two as an “arrogant punk.” They deride the fact that he has a job like most constituents in the district and he recognizes that both campaigning and serving in the House of Delegates are meant to be part-time endeavors. And finally they ignore the fact that Lopez already has experience as an elected government official.
Only one candidate has the experience and vision to work in Richmond to improve the quality of life for the people in the 52nd Dist. and that is Rafael Lopez.