For Immediate Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Today, Ben Loyola is honored to announce endorsements from three more Eastern Shore leaders- Cape Charles Mayor William “Smitty” Dize, Cheriton Mayor Larry LeMond and Accomack Supervisor Howard “Jackie” Phillips.

“I am humbled to have so much support on Virginia’s Eastern Shore,” Ben Loyola announced. “Mayors Dize and LeMond and Supervisor Phillips are great leaders in their communities and I am grateful for their support.”

Last month the Loyola campaign rolled out an impressive list of Eastern Shore endorsements which included:

Paul Muhly, Accomack County Board of Supervisors
Harrison Phillips, Accomack County Board of Supervisors
Beverly Leatherbury, Northampton County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Jack Thornton, Northampton County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney
Tom Davis, Accomack County
Cherron Davis, Accomack County
Deborah Christie, Accomack County
Wes Edwards, Accomack County
Dona Danziger, Accomack County
Billy Graham, Accomack County
Martha Linton, Accomack County
Kefford Linton, Accomack County
Julie Bolt, Accomack County
Roger Omwake, Accomack County
Franco Nogero, Northampton County
Rob Stubbs, Northampton County
Dixon Leatherbury, Northampton County
Ralph Orzo, Northampton County
Jeanette Orzo, Northampton County
Linda Chaplain, Northampton County

Friday was Ben’s fourth trip to the Eastern Shore since launching his campaign in November. Friday’s trip consisted of nine total meetings, spanning the entire length of the Eastern Shore from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to the Maryland line. The itinerary included a tour of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel with the Tunnel Commission’s Executive Director Jeff Holland, visits to three small businesses, and meet and greet events in both Accomack and Northampton Counties.

Additional endorsements for Ben Loyola across Hampton Roads include:

Former Congressman Scott Rigell
Former Congressman Randy Forbes
Former Senator Jeff McWaters
Senator Bill DeSteph
Senator John Cosgrove
Delegate Brenda Pogge
Delegate Glenn Davis
Delegate Emily Brewer
Clerk of Court Tina Sinnen of Virginia Beach
Treasurer Leigh Henderson of Virginia Beach
and many other leaders and activists.

Ben Loyola and his family fled Communist Cuba for America when he was just two years old. He gave back to his country through 30 years of service in the United States Navy, retiring at the rank of Captain. As the founder and owner of Loyola Enterprises, Ben has continued to provide vital support to our military, equipping them with state-of-the-art simulation, cyber security, information technology, and knowledge management for training, analysis, and operations. Ben is once again answering the call to service. As Congressman, Ben will protect the American Dream that has been so central to his own story and deliver results for the 2nd District.

Here are some of the highlights from Ben’s Eastern Shore trip on Friday:


Chris’ Bait & Tackle- a great small business in Capeville, VA!


A conversation with Cheriton Mayor Larry LeMond and Northampton Farm Store Owner Bruce Killmon.


Meeting with local leaders at Northampton Farm Store in Cheriton.


Meeting with Northampton County community leaders at Kelly’s Gingernut Pub in Cape Charles


Ben enjoyed getting the grand tour of Cherrystone Aqua-Farms- the largest producer of farm-made clams in the country! He also enjoyed getting to sample some of their delicious oysters!


Ben had a great meeting with local leaders at Onley Town Center and received valuable feedback about important issues on the Eastern Shore.


The meet and greet in New Church was also a tremendous success!


Many thanks to Tom and Cherron Davis for opening up their beautiful home!


Ben also stopped at Little Italy’s in Nassawadox on the way back home and met Franco and Catherine Nogero. Although now happily retired, their restaurant is an Eastern Shore staple as well as the Northampton County GOP’s venue for their monthly committee meetings.


Ben also enjoyed meeting some of the staff at Little Italy’s and getting a peak at the kitchen!