Interview With David LaRock

David LaRock is a successful businessman and entrepreneur living in Western Loudoun County.  He was the Blue Ridge District Chairman for the Loudoun Republican Party, and has been active in grassroots activities for the Republican Party in Loudoun. David has been married for 31 years. David and his family came to Loudoun County 26 years ago. They have seven children and three grandchildren.

VV: This primary that is coming up is basically a rather clear-cut set of choices.  We have a member of the moderate-liberal Old Guard of the VA Republican Party, Joe May, and yourself, a fiscal conservative.  Joe May has been in there for 20 years, why change now? Why are you running against him?

DL: I have observed May through his entire 20-year career. In earlier days Joe was a self declared moderate which I think to me means he very often voted in a way that increased the size and scope of government, more taxes, more regulation; and all of these things reduce our liberty. But that was generally okay with a good portion of his constituency because he was presiding over a far less conservative district.

Now as the district has shifted west it is a solidly conservative district.  I think we carried in the 33rd, in the last general election,  Romney by 14 points. Joe has had to repackage his identity and make claims of being a conservative.  I think that the reality is that he is not what I would call a solid constitutionalist and he is not a fiscal conservative.

So to answer your question:  ‘Why Dave v. Joe?’  I do believe that the constitution should be taken literally, that taxes should be kept at a minimum, and that we should get a solid return on investment.  Things like the Dulles Rail Project which brought me in close contact with Delegate May’s voting record, were massive expenditures without any cost analysis that would determine what was in it for the voters, the people of the 33rd district, and for that matter the state of Virginia.

So doing business like that may work if your goals and objectives are to stay in power and continue to be elected.  But I think they reflect the voting patterns of a legislator that has really lost touch with his constituency and has become somewhat ineffective at representing their best interest.

VV: How do you feel you would represent needs and interests of the people of the 33rd in a way that would be more representative of their views?  How would you be able to husband their interests better than Joe May would?

DL: As you know we are going to have taxation, we are going to have some degree of government, and coming from a business background, I expect value.  I expect money to be spent carefully, efficiently, and that every dollar should create value for the people that pay into the system.

Transportation is one of the biggest expenses, biggest line items in the state budget.  We all know that here in Northern Virginia we get back … I’ll quote David Ramadan, and I’ve seen it quoted elsewhere, about 30 cents on the dollar.  Now to sign on to a 6 billion dollar tax-increase expecting to get 30% of that back is just really not good business.

So establishing a ranking system so that transportation money is spent wisely, is appropriated and allocated where it is needed, would just be fundamentally necessary to achieving a greater efficiency.  That’s one of the things that I would focus on.  That’s not because I’m a transportation guru or that because taxes are everything, but I really like to take it back to quality of life.  I have a family of my own. I’ve talked to probably thousands of families this week as I’ve walked around the district with my wife and some of my children and I have kids that are starting out their own young families now and when I see that the net effect of over taxation, meaning taxation that is higher than it needs to be, having an effect on the quality of life on people in the district.

It becomes more than a transportation and taxation issue to me; it’s affecting how people live, how they work, how much time they can spend with their families, how much time they sit in traffic, how much time they have for leisure, for charity, and things like that.  By bringing efficiency to allocation and spending, we free up money to stay in the pockets of the taxpayers and we free up money to go to other priorities like education and all the other things that we expect from government when it’s administering core services and not just kind of feeding pet projects.

VV: A number of representatives from Loudoun and Northern Virginia have run as ‘solid conservatives’.  Yet their voting records indicate that they are not for shrinking government, or for making government more efficient. They’ve become in a part of the machine down in Richmond.  Instead of being there to change Richmond, they’ve been changed by Richmond. How will it be  different with David LaRock?

DL: We are all men and so we are all corruptible, so my nature is the same as them.  The only thing that allows me to rise above that is that I look to a higher power and the people around me I expect would hold me accountable to that higher power and to the constitution.  Now what’s the guarantee?  There really is none. I have spent most of my life in business and I thought at times, politics, I didn’t take it seriously.  As I paid more attention to how my money, money that I paid into the business and through my personal taxes, was being spent, I became more disturbed because I think our government was being poor stewards of the money we are spending in there.

Getting back to your question, I’m not looking for a career in politics.  I think the founder’s vision was that you would leave your business or leave your farm or whatever for a couple of years.  Having been in the community as a businessman I would be in touch with the needs and desires of the community.

I’m not going to advocate for term limits but voters should be taking their responsibility to apply term limits to people that are out of touch with their needs.  So it’s kind of two prong. People need to keep me, and others accountable; if their representatives vote wrong then they should, in turn, be voted out.  And that’s what I would hope to keep me honest.  I’ll rely on my faith, you rely on my voting record and if they aren’t what they should be then I’ll expect to be held accountable.

VV: Thank you for your time David


18 thoughts on “Interview With David LaRock

  1. Mr. LaRock,
    I have received the negative campaign fliers from your opponent. I have to state that I am not fond of such tactics. I do, however need to ask a few clarification questions:

    1. If I understand your postion on the “sign” issue from comments I have read, it seems you felt the county was not acting fast enough to remove this sign which violated regulations. Is this correct? From your comments above, you appear to want less government intervention. By your actions regarding the sign, it appears you feel strongly that the rules, regulations, and laws should be followed, to the point that you chose to enforce them yourself, with no authority to do so.. Yet, you and your supporters are violating the same rules and regulations with your campaign signs? One could conclude that you pick and chose when to follow rules, regulations, and laws as they suit your position or interests. I know you might consider this a minor issue, but I beleive it speaks to the character of the man.

    2. Is the information regarding the lawsuits factual or contrived? There are some comments on this website about them which just do not make any sense. In fact, many of the comments are contradictory. From what I have read, it again seems you are selective about when you choose to follow the rules based on how they personally affect your needs.

    Thank you for your time

    1. Hello Lola, thanks for asking.
      Authorities were not acting at all to remove a sign that was not permitted in the first place. My view is that a sign that is illegal should be removed by proper authorities, but it was not.
      Less regulation yes and efficient core services, yes.
      I picked up the sign thinking it was abandoned and that the trash pickup crew had not been mobilized. I’m not a martyr or a vigilante.
      We have a permit for our campaign signs.
      The information in May’s attack fliers combines snippets of information together with an abundance of misinformation crafted to lead to false conclusions. Benjamin Franklin said: Half a truth is often a great lie. I agree.
      As for the lawsuits, they were frivolous and in no way reflect on my character or how we do business. After 27 years of doing business we have no judgments against us.
      I am not a real estate developer but respect those who are and operate in a free market system vs those who feed campaign contribution to politicians who in turn grant favors. An example of this crony capitalism is the Dulles Rail project which my opponent has shepherded along at the expense of his constituents.
      I hope this helps.

    2. Dave: Wow. You’re still claiming that authorities weren’t acting? Dude. The woman had been given a 10-day notice to remove the sign, and you took it on the second day. Please cut the crap.

    3. She took down the sign? Then why was it still there after 3 weeks? If you want to defend Joe May and along with pornographers who support him, please continue.

  2. I love that quote from Benjamin Franklin! Speaking of which …

    “We have a permit for our campaign signs.”

    Does that permit allow your signs to be placed in highway right of ways?

  3. Thank you Mr. Larock for clarifying my questions. I know you are extremely busy is the last days of the campaign. Just to follow-up on my questions and comments on this site an one I read on the Loudoun times, how did you get a permit for those billboards and to place sign in VDOT right of ways? According to a post on the Loudoun Times:

    From the County of Loudoun:

    “Loudoun County’s zoning ordinance provisions require anyone interested in displaying signs on the roadways within the county to obtain a zoning permit. Once the permit is obtained, signs not exceeding four-square-feet may be placed on private property (any parcel of record) upon consent of the property owner. Large billboard type signs are not permitted in accordance with current zoning ordinance provisions. For additional information regarding the sign permit process, please contact Marsha Keim, Zoning Permit Division, 703-777-0648.

    No signs are permitted in a Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) right-of-way. Under an agreement with VDOT, Loudoun County removes all signs that have been placed within VDOT rights-of-way. For additional information regarding the sign collection program, please contact Roger Carroll, Zoning Enforcement, 703-737-8818.”

    Regarding the lawsuits: based on your reply I assume that means that while they were filed, the judge dismissed the cases and they are all closed? Joe May’s fliers regarding trespassing, building code violations, etc are just more inaccurate rhetoric?

    Thank you again for your time and clarifications

  4. Nope…. so you subscribe to the feel-good policy? They take your money under the pretence of improving your transportation , give you absolutely nothing in return….and then you feel better for having had your money confiscated? You don’t sound too smart.
    Notwithstanding, the vote that Joe May offered was an UNCONSTITUTIONAL law. The resulting legislation had to be heavily doctored just to pass the Virginia Constitution.
    May did what he did for the REAL developers around the Metro Stations. He allowed them to keep their money where it was , because Joe put the TAXPAYERS OF vIRGINIA ON THE HOOK FOR THE INFRASTRUCTURE MONEY THOSE DEVLOPERS WOULD HAVE HAD TO PAY.

    1. Many businesses would have left the state, along with their hundreds of employees, without the transportation bill. But yeah, we should totally make them pay for their own infrastructure because road-building totally isn’t a legitimate government role and it would be so much better if we privatized it.

    2. Please tell us what roads were getting with Joe’s massive tax increase. There are NO plans to build even one new road in all of Loudoun county. No new north south route to ease traffic on rt 95. No new road parallel to Rt 66 or rt 7. What companies have said they would leave the state without the new roads? What new roads? Where? And when? Thanks Nopey!

    1. What’s JOE’S plan with our $6.1 BILLION????!!! And please don’t tell us that potholes will be filled. They’re filled now!

    2. I find myself wondering: Why are all the Joe May supporters who post here on Joe’s payroll? Why is it that Joe’s only supporters relatives or employees?

  5. So, Nope SUPPORTS corporate welfare….I mean, when it suits them. Make those submissive taxpayers fork over their cash so businesses won’t have to be faced for paying for their endeavors or leaving the State. Nice explanation, genius……

    1. I’m pretty sure the bill just secures funding for future projects. I may be wrong, but I doubt it’s intention was to actually outline specific projects. On that subject, Dave has labeled several unfinished projects as failures, indicating that future projects funded by this bill will not succeed–hardly a solid argument. What troubles me is that if he thinks he has better projects in mind, he hasn’t provided a way to fund them. The vibe I’m getting from Dave is that he wants to repeal HB 2313, and that he doesn’t support tax increases. I don’t see where the money is going to come from.

      Of course none of us support welfare or bailouts–I was pointing out that the consensus among business (not special interests) was that the bill was necessary, and that without infrastructure updates businesses will leave. I would much rather do something about the problem than ignore it. As I’ve said before, HB 2313 updated transportation funding so that the tax dollars stay in the area (10:38-13:00, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P33PbhmioZ4), so I don’t see why people are worried about the money going to “other corners” of Virginia. I honestly don’t understand your beef with HB 2313. It’s a good and necessary step forward, and I haven’t seen any such ideas from Dave (especially not ones that he can secure funding for).

      No, Jeanine, nobody gets paid to post on your blog (that would be a colossal waste of funds and I’m beginning to see that it’s an equally colossal waste of my time).

      I’m intrigued by a sarcastic statement you made in your other post about poor infrastructure limiting liberty. Sure, taxes infringe on liberty (I’m assuming that was your point, sometimes it’s hard to wade through all the sarcasm in your writing), but I thought conservatives had come to recognize that they are needed for the government to fulfill it’s role to the people and that of course we’ll never have 100% liberty because that would be anarchy. Do you think management of infrastructure is a legitimate government role? Your argument seems to be that taxing people for transportation is bad because taxes are just…bad. I think we can agree that there’s a net benefit when people are taxed for the military–there are certainly legitimate roles for the government to fulfill that the government SHOULD fulfill. So, do you think transportation is one of those roles, or should we instantaneously privatize it?

      In the end, I understand your frustration with increased taxes, but unless you think we should completely privatize roads, then you have to see the legitimacy in government using money from Northern Virginia to selectively target the worst areas of congestion. It’s also a plus that 30% of the funds stay in the specific region they came from, and that all funds will only be spent on transportation. At this point in time new projects subsequent to HB2313 haven’t been proposed, at least to my knowledge. Why are you condemning the bill itself, which only secures funding, to failure? Dave wants to focus on congestion, but that’s already the stated goal of the HB2313 funding. What more is Dave going to do to ensure that this happens? And how is he going to do it without funds, since he’s so morally opposed to tax increases? I don’t get answers to any of these questions. Just hyperbole about other current unfinished projects that are supposed “failures,” conspiracy theories that this money will only ever go to a handful of special interests, and offensive sarcastic remarks about my goal in posting on this blog. I’d like to have questions answered–since Dave has ignored me I was hoping his supporters would oblige. Yet I only run into more personal attacks and people who ignore any links or facts that I post. The transportation bill moves us forward as far as funding goes, and if every representative in the House is part of this conspiracy to spend money on “worthless” projects for “special interests,” then what is Dave, one representative who has not earned the respect of other delegates, going to do about it? Moreover, what would he do with absolutely NO funding?

  6. “So establishing a ranking system so that transportation money is spent wisely, is appropriated and allocated where it is needed, would just be fundamentally necessary to achieving a greater efficiency.”

    HB2313 did that. Not all the money is going to be “needed” in Loudoun. In fact, less than 30% probably will, but that’s what Loudoun will get as a baseline, which actually IS pretty good business. Tell me again, what is the problem with 70% of funds being spent on the most important areas, especially when you agree that money should be “appropriated and allocated where it is needed”?

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