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The DiRocco family last summer. (From left) daughter Sophia, a junior at James Madison High School; Mayor Laurie DiRocco; daughter Allie, a freshman at High Point University and husband Rob DiRocco.

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Small Town, Big Ideas

Meet Laurie DiRocco, Vienna’s current and future Mayor.

In January, when Vienna Town Council member Laurie DiRocco announced she would run for mayor, she had no idea that she would be the only candidate on the ballot, or that she would hold the title a month before the actual May 6 election. But with the Feb. 23 death of Mayor Jane Seeman, who announced her retirement last year after being diagnosed with cancer, the six-member town council appointed DiRocco, the only registered candidate for the position, to serve out Mayor Seeman’s uncompleted term. “It's been a very bittersweet time for me,” said DiRocco, 47, during an interview in her home, four days after being sworn-in as mayor on April 8. “I thought of Mayor Seeman as both a role model and a mentor. She gave so much to the community… I admired her service to the community and the fact that she really was a humble person.”

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