November 30, 2021 5:31 pm
Winsome Sears makes history as first African American woman in Virginia to win statewide race

Winsome Sears makes history as first African American woman in Virginia to win statewide race

Republican Lieutenant Governor-elect Winsome Sears made history Tuesday night by becoming the first African American woman to win a state race in Virginia.

With 95% precincts reports. Ms. Sears, a former House of Delegates member and a former Marine, won 51.1% of the vote to Democrat Hala S. Ayala‘s 48.7%.

The last election Ms. Sears won was 20 years ago in her Hamptons Road Assembly District. She was the first Black Republican woman to be elected to the House of Delegates.

She captured the lieutenant governor’s post on the GOP ticket led by Glenn Youngkin, a former private equity CEO, who also won the gubernatorial election.

Supporters of Ms. Sears at Mr. Youngkin’s campaign election night in Chantilly Tuesday say they were just as excited for Ms. Sears as they were for the rest of the ticket.

“I came to Winsome Sears. She held our kickoff event at Middletown, Virginia’s Wayside Inn. She Obviously,” Charles Harbaugh IV, Middletown Mayor, told The Washington Times. “And the history she’s making — first woman lieutenant governor and first African American — all that stuff. Her .”

is exciting.

She was a one-term lawmaker who introduced a bill to ban cross-burning in Virginia. This bill was meant to be used against groups like the KKK. The Supreme Court ruled in 2003 the statute was not constitutional if there was evidence that it was intended to intimidate others.

She also pushed for reforms targeting 13 different “medically related boards.”

Following her decision to run for statewide office two decades after leaving politics, Ms. Sears was determined to bring in a larger Black and Latino coalition into the Republican Party.

” In case you didn’t notice, I’m Black. I’ve been Black all my lives. But that’s not the point of this article. We are now going to be all about the commonwealth. There are many things we need to do, and we will fully fund historically Black colleges. You’re going to hear from your governor-elect,” Ms. Sears told a cheering crowd in Chantilly Tuesday night. “And he‘s got a Day One plan that I’m already tired about. I don’t know how we’re gonna make it to Day Two, but he‘s gonna make sure we keep more of our money in our pockets, because he‘s gonna get rid of all kinds of taxes.”

On the night Ms. Sears was nominated her , she created a stir online with a photo where she holds a semi-automatic gun. She wore full makeup. She wore a green blazer and a white skirt with black polka dots.

Above her title is “Battle Tested Conservative.” Semper Fi.”

Ms. Sears caught criticism for the campaign poster from gun control advocates in, but she maintained that her support for the Second Amendment is another way to reach out to the Black community in the commonwealth.

She previously argued, “[Guns are] for our protection, and the fastest gun-owning segments [of the population] are Black women,” adding, “The only time that Black people are mentioned in the news, or you see Black people with a gun anywhere in print, is in relation to a crime.”

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