Twenty year incumbent Delegate Joe May was defeated by Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signer and small businessman Dave LaRock. Delegate May, chairman of the House of Delegates Transportation Committee and one of the key House architects of Bob McDonnell’s $5.9 billion tax hike sank in the polls because of his staunch support for the tax hike and the Dulles Toll Road.
Delegate May was defeated 57-percent to 43-percent by challenger Dave LaRock. Americans for Tax Reform was proud to stand by Dave LaRock and remind voters in the 33rd House of Delegates District that Delegate May was a consistent vote for tax increases and saw no problem voting to send their tax dollars to fund light rail in Hampton Roads.
Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform stated, “I congratulate Dave LaRock on his victory over 20-year incumbent Joe May. Dave will bring commonsense policies and pro-taxpayer reform to Richmond as the Delegate from the 33rd District of the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
He continued, “Make no mistake; House Transportation Committe Chair Joe May's defeat can be directly attributed to his vote for Speaker Bill Howell's misguided $6 billion tax hike. With his defeat, it should be clear that it is time for new leadership in the Virginia House of Delegates. A Republican majority, under new leadership, should work to enact pro-taxpayer reforms and repeal the 2013 transportation tax hike championed by Delegate Joe May, Speaker Bill Howell, and Governor Bob McDonnell."