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A half-million dollars is a lot to spend for an $18,000-a-year part-time job. But that’s how much two lawyers battling to represent southern Fairfax County in Virginia’s House of Delegates have raised, making it easily the most expensive House race in the state this year. Six-term Republican incumbent David Albo, 43, a DUI specialist at Arlington’s 16-lawyer Albo & Oblon, raised $284,844 through the first half of this year, according to campaign finance reports compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project. But Albo has seen his fund raising nearly matched by Democrat Gregory Werkheiser, 31, an associate in the D.C. office of Womble Carlyle. A former speechwriter for Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, Werkheiser raised $245,298 over the same period. “The Democrats want to take me out,” says Albo, who stands to become chairman of the powerful Courts of Justice Committee. While Albo has netted big donations from his party’s leadership, Werkheiser is winning the race for contributions from lawyers. With help from colleagues at Womble Carlyle and his previous firm, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, Werkheiser has raised $72,082 from the legal industry, according to VPAP. Will a political career affect Werkheiser’s chances of making partner? “I hope not,” he says. “But that’s for my bosses to decide.” � Jason McLure

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